Press Releases – Jan 2013

 

31.01.13| IFP and Japan Airlines Extend Partnership

IFP, the Passenger Experience Provider™, today announced that it has extended its multi-year agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL) to provide a full suite of engaging inflight entertainment (IFE) content services.

Expanding on its long-established relationship with the airline, IFP will continue to provide a wide range of services to JAL such as local and international movies, TV programming, AVOD and additional emerging services, on the airline’s entire fleet, including its newly-launched JAL SKY SUITE 777.

Wale Adepoju, Executive Director of IFP, commented: “JAL is an important long-established airline client of ours and we’re delighted that they have renewed their trust in IFP’s commitment to delivering exceptional services and engaging content.”

Jun Kato, Executive Officer of Route Marketing for Japan Airlines, added: “Our inflight entertainment offering reflects JAL’s commitment to providing the best onboard passenger experience to our customers. We are pleased to continue working with IFP in achieving our IFE objectives by delivering refreshingly unique offerings to passengers.”

 

29.01.13| Aeroflot to offer satellite-based onboard Wi-Fi service on 26 long-haul aircraft in 2013

Aeroflot’s program of introducing Wi-Fi Internet access on board of its long-haul aircraft for 2013, this service will be available on 26 long-haul airplanes by the end of the year.

22 Airbus 330 and 4 Boeing 777 airliners will be connected to Internet through satellite-based onboard Wi-Fi, and on 15 of them (12 Airbus 330 and 3 Boeing 777) this service will be already available in Q1 2013.

Aeroflot long-haul fleet backbone is formed by Airbus 330, and the forthcoming delivery of new Boeing 777s will significantly strengthen the air company’s long distance flights capacities.

Aeroflot will continue introducing onboard Wi-Fi Internet program on Boeing 777 aircraft, making Wi-Fi Internet available on 6 B777 in 2014, 3 B777 in 2015 and 3 B777 in 2016.

Aeroflot is developing its inflight connectivity program in partnership with OnAir — the global inflight connectivity services provider, using Inmarsat’s satellite networks.

OnAir Company was incorporated in 2005 and is owned by SITA, the global IT solutions provider to the air transport world and Airbus aircraft manufacturer.

This Wi-Fi Internet access system has been successfully tested in the sky and is already available on five Airbus 330 planes:

1. VQ-BPI «L.Yashin»;
2. VQ-BPK «I.Kulibin»;
3. VP-BDD «A.Mojaiskiy»;
4. VP-BDE «L.Kantorovich»;
5. VQ-BPJ «V.Brumel».

Aeroflot was the first Russian company to provide its passengers with on board mobile connection and Internet access.

On Board Internet» program has being implemented in Aeroflot since 2010. By granting the access to the worldwide web through global Wi-Fi service Aeroflot marks the new stage of the mentioned program, significantly expanding the possibilities of its flying Internet users.

This service is particularly popular among business travelers, who need to stay connected all the time.

Our aim is to make Wi-Fi access available on all our long-haul aircraft. The ongoing program pursues our two key development strategy goals: to introduce the newest technologies in all spheres of our company and to enter the list of the world’s leading air carriers in the quality of passengers’ service», said Mr. Vitaly Saveliev, Aeroflot CEO.
Established in 1923 with a headquarters in Moscow, Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship airline and the largest national air company.

Proudly being a member of SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot with its partnering members provides service to 1000 destinations in 187 countries.

Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe counting 128 aircraft formed by Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average airplane age of 5 years.

In 2011 Aeroflot carried more than 14.2 million passengers, showing the best result in modern Russia’s history. In the same year Aeroflot was honored with as on the prestigious international SkyTrax World Airline Award as ‘The best airline in Eastern Europe’.

 

29.01.13| PICTURE: GoAir takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets

India’s GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG’s growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft.

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The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006. So far 13 aircraft have been delivered to GoAir making the first Sharklet equipped A320 the 14th to join the fleet. All subsequent seven deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.

“We already operate one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets anywhere in the world and the introduction of the Sharklet will add further efficiency. Our investment in the every latest technology like Sharklets, and also the A320neo, is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and to the growth of our valued airline,” said Giorgio De Roni, GoAir CEO

“We are delighted to be partnering GoAir with their fleet expansion and the introduction of the fuel saving Sharklet. We strive to always have the most modern aircraft in our aircraft portfolio and the A320 equipped with Sharklets is a perfect fit,” said Denis Kalscheur, ACG CEO.

“The Sharklets deliver up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer sectors, and this translates into impressive cost savings,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “GoAir passengers can also be confident that on board their Sharklet equipped A320s, they’ll be flying the world’s greenest single aisle aircraft.”

Due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all Airbus’ single-aisle final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets. These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and offer operators the option of an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. Sharklets are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. In 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 A320neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

 

29.01.13| Singapore Airlines renews Japanese movies contract with IFE Services

Leading in-flight entertainment supplier will continue to provide one of the world’s major airlines with a regular update of Japanese movies.

Leading in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider, IFE Services, today announced that it will continue to supply Singapore Airlines with Japanese movies.

Under the terms of the contract extension, IFE Services will provide latest release Japanese movies to the airline on a monthly basis. The movies will include a combination of popular genres such as comedy, drama, action, thriller and art-house.
Playing on Singapore Airlines’ award-winning audio video on-demand (AVOD) in-flight entertainment system, KrisWorld, the movies will be available to all customers in First, Business and Economy classes.

IFE Services has shared a long-standing relationship with Singapore Airlines, being the airline’s incumbent supplier of AVOD technical management services across the fleet.

For more information about IFE Services visit: www.ifeservices.com

About IFE Services
IFE Services is a leading provider of in-flight entertainment solutions to the airline industry. Its focus on quality and innovation is supported by a strong commitment to customer service and investment in the latest systems and technologies.

IFE Services supplies a full range of services to enable its clients to provide a first class entertainment experience to passengers. They include movies, TV programmes, audio, games, apps, safety and destination films, portable entertainment systems, onboard publications and AVOD technical support and management.

IFE Services works with a broad client-base worldwide of over 50 airlines and cruise ship operators. The company’s headquarters are in Cheshire, UK with regional offices located in Madrid, Singapore, Santiago, Johannesburg and Irvine, California.

IFE Services is a privately owned company and part of the Travel Entertainment Group.

 

29.01.13| 15 years of Lufthansa Systems in Gdansk

IT provider’s Polish subsidiary faces a promising future

Today Lufthansa Systems Poland is celebrating its fifteen-year anniversary. The Polish subsidiary of the global IT provider Lufthansa Systems was founded in Gdansk in 1998 with 40 employees. The company now employs around 330 highly qualified experts and is an established production site in Lufthansa Systems’ worldwide network.

Lufthansa Systems Poland focuses on software development and IT services for innovative aeronautical solutions such as Lido/Flight, Lido/RouteManual and the EFB. The company also provides aeronautical data services on a 24/7 basis for Lufthansa Systems’ navigation data and charts. It also handles training and consultation relating to Lido/Flight and other aeronautical solutions for various airline customers.

“Gdansk is an important development and competence center in our international production network,” said Dr. Gunter Küchler, Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Systems AG. “Through their in-depth understanding of aeronautics and IT, their dedication and their clear focus on customer needs, the employees have been instrumental in the success of the products handled here. The company therefore faces a promising future within Lufthansa Systems.”

When searching for specialists, Lufthansa Systems Poland benefits from its proximity to and intensive cooperation with various Polish universities. “Our employees are extremely knowledgeable and highly motivated,” said Dr. Ireneusz Zalewski, who will take over as managing director of Lufthansa Systems Poland Sp. z o.o. on February 1, 2013. The IT specialists’ extensive knowledge and years of experience result in high-quality products and high customer satisfaction.

For over ten years, Lufthansa Systems Poland has been regularly audited for quality in accordance with ISO 9001. Since 2011, the company has also been certified for security according to ISO 27001. “With these audits, we are providing our customers a documented information security and quality management system which takes IT risks into account. This highlights our own high standards in these areas,” Dr. Zalewski said.

 

29.01.13| British Airways wins two awards in January – after being recognised for its responsible business ethic

British Airways has been given two prestigious awards in January, after being recognised for its responsible business ethic.

The airline received the Business Travel Award 2013 for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme and has been recognised for its leadership role in addressing its impact on deforestation by the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project.

Jonathon Counsell, head of environment for British Airways, said: “It is a fantastic accolade to have won Best Corporate Responsibility Programme. Our One Destination Programme is going from strength to strength. In 2012 we debuted our Carbon Fund which uses donations from our customers to fund renewable energy projects in communities in the UK.

“Our Flying Start partnership with Comic Relief has raised more than £4 million to help children living in poverty at home and abroad, and our work with the Solena Group to develop sustainable aviation fuel from waste is gathering pace.”

Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD), a special project of the Global Canopy Programme, encourages the world’s largest companies to disclose their impact on forests based on their use of five commodities: soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, cattle products, and first generation biofuels. Companies are categorised into twelve sectors and leaders are identified. British Airways has been recognised for its leadership role in addressing its forest footprint in the Travel and Leisure sector.

The airline sources its in-flight catering products and materials with a clear view of the provenance of the items and selection is based on minimising any damage to the environment.

James Hulse, Director of FFD said: “With commodity and food inflation growing in significance, building traceability and security of supply are big issues for the Travel and Leisure sector. FFD commends British Airways on their continued leadership in this area.”

The One Destination responsibility programme is at the heart of the British Airways brand. The airline has led the industry in setting ambitious and challenging targets for carbon efficiency, carbon emission reductions, noise reduction, recycling, and fundraising for its Flying Start charity programme.

 

29.01.13| Hawaiian Holdings Reports 2012 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., yesterday reported its financial results for the full year 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012.

2012 Full Year Financial Highlights
Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense and excluding lease termination costs, of $55.6 million or $1.06 per diluted share, an increase of 28.7% year-over-year.

GAAP net income of $53.2 million or $1.01 per diluted share.
Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel and lease termination costs, decrease of 6.0% year-over-year.

Adjusted operating margin of 7.0%, reflecting economic fuel expense and excluding lease termination costs.

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents increase of 33.5% year-over-year.
Return on invested capital, pre-tax, of 14.9%.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
Available seat mile (ASM) for scheduled operations increase of 29.2% year-over-year.

Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $0.1 million or $0.00 per diluted share.

GAAP net loss of $3.4 million or $0.07 cents per diluted share.

CASM, excluding fuel, decrease of 11.3% year-over-year.

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $405.9 million.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that: “A good year of growth and improving financial performance was finished off by a disappointing break-even result in the fourth quarter.

The sharp weakening of the Yen, continued excess capacity in certain markets and an accounting charge all worked to depress our earnings for the period despite many other things going right for the business.

The year as a whole was every bit as busy and exciting as we had forecast. We added four new long haul destinations, eight long haul and short haul aircraft, opened a hub on Maui and added approximately 600 employees to our rolls, all in 2012.

Throughout it all, the employees of Hawaiian Airlines continued to deliver the very highest quality travel and shipping experience to our customers.

Our employees’ tireless dedication to our customers and to our business is a distinguishing strength of Hawaiian Airlines. 2013 promises to be an equally exciting year for the company with new destinations, new aircraft and more employees being planned.”

The fourth quarter 2012 results reflect an out-of-period frequent flyer adjustment related to the timing of revenue recognized for mileage credits sold to participating companies in previous years.

This adjustment resulted in a net decrease to pre-tax income of $7.3 million in the quarter, or $0.08 per diluted share ($7.9 million decrease to passenger revenue and $0.6 million decrease to other operating expense). See Table 2 for the impact of this adjustment on selected statistical data.

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2012, the Company had:

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $405.9 million.

Available borrowing capacity of $68.9 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $661 million consisting of the
following:

- $246.4 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the
purchase price for four Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
- $170.7 million in secured loan agreements for a portion of the purchase price for 15
previously leased Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
- $106.3 million in capital lease obligations for an Airbus A330-200 and two Boeing 717-
200 aircraft.
- $64.7 million outstanding under floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the
acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
- $72.7 million outstanding of Convertible Senior Notes.

The Company expects to take delivery of five Airbus A330-200 aircraft in 2013, and has entered into debt and lease financing commitments for the first four deliveries in the first half of the year. The increase in Hawaiian’s fleet resulting from the delivery of these five Airbus A330-200 aircraft in 2013 will be partially offset by a decrease of four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft during the year, with three aircraft returned at the end of their lease terms and one planned retirement.

In January 2013, the Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of 16 new Airbus A321neo aircraft for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with the rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft. The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

2012 Highlights
Operational Highlights
Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance, for 10 out of the 11 months reported in 2012, by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.

Ranked second overall in the 2012 Airline Quality Rating Report.

Introduced a Maui hub offering improved connections between Maui and Neighbor Island destinations, as well as additional flights to and from the West Coast.

Provided chartered air transportation for the Oakland Raiders for the 13th consecutive season.

Signed a new three-year contract with the Association of Flight Attendants.
Became the first airline to receive aviation carbon credits for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Fleet
Added four new Airbus A330-200 aircraft in March, April, May and June in 2012 for North America and International service.

Added two Boeing 717-200 aircraft in January and February 2012 for Neighbor Island service.

Took delivery of two ATR42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft to inaugurate new service to Molokai and Lanai in 2013.

New routes and increased frequencies
Honolulu to Fukuoka, Japan daily service launched April 2012

Honolulu to New York City (JFK), New York, daily service launched June 2012

Honolulu to Sapporo, Japan three-times-weekly service launched October 2012

Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia three-times-weekly service launched November 2012

Honolulu to Seoul, South Korea increased from four times weekly to daily July 2012

Maui to San Jose and Oakland, California increased from three and four times weekly, respectively, to daily October 2012

Announced Honolulu to Auckland, New Zealand three-times-weekly service beginning March 2013

Announced Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan with service daily beginning July 2013

Honolulu to Sydney, Australia from daily to ten weekly flights April to May 2013

Maui to Los Angeles, California increased from daily to twice daily service summer 2013

New Partnership, Code-Share and Frequent Flyer agreements

Partnered with Air China and China International Travel Service to offer connections and market Hawaii vacation packages in China.

Entered into new frequent flyer and code-share agreements with All Nippon Airways, JetBlue and Virgin America.

Investor Conference Call will be archived for 90 days on Hawaiian’s investor website.

 

29.01.13| Astronics Corporation: Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2012 
Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast 5 February 2013 11:00 ET

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it will release its fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results before the opening of financial markets on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, followed by a conference call and webcast at 
11:00 a.m. ET.

During the call and webcast, Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO, and David C. Burney, Executive Vice President and CFO, will review the financial and operating results for the quarter and full year and discuss Astronics’ corporate strategies and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing (201) 689-8562. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at www.astronics.com.

A telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET the day of the call through Tuesday, 
February 12, 2013. To listen to the archived call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter conference ID number 406938. Alternatively, the archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website at www.astronics.com. A transcript will also be posted to the Company’s website, once available.

 

29.01.13| Scoot Launches ScooTV via Streaming – Asia’s First Inflight Entertainment Streamed to Your Own Device Yummy Premium Selection Meals to complete the deal

Scoot, Singapore’s newest low cost carrier, today announced the launch of ScooTV, Asia’s first inflight entertainment system that allows passengers to stream content to their own Wi-Fi devices!

ScooTV via Streaming
Juiced by Gogo, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, ScooTV features a buffet of blockbuster movies and popular TV shows that guests can stream to their own laptop or tablet at their own convenience during the flight.

Said Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot, “Scoot is excited to be the first airline in Asia to offer this innovative inflight entertainment option. Going wireless keeps our aircraft lighter, our costs down and our fares cheaper. And better yet, ScooTV empowers our guests with even more entertainment options.”

Refreshed every second month, ScooTV currently features Academy Award winner Natalie Portman’s stunning performance in Black Swan, Jackie Chan’s life-risking stunts in Shinjuku Incident, to a range of TV favourites. Guests in the Economy cabin will be able to catch all these and more for just S$15 (pre-purchase) or S$16 (onboard purchase) per flight, while ScootBiz guests can do so for free. For those without their own device, Scoot’s Rent-a-Tablet service will still be available at S$20 (pre-purchase) or S$22 (onboard purchase).

Scoot’s Premium Selection Meals
“While feasting your eyes on our exciting ScooTV programmes, satisfy your stomach with one of Scoot’s new ‘Premium Selections’. For just S$6.99 more than our regular combo meals, you can choose from a selection of local favourites such as Beef Sukiyaki on our Tokyo to Taipei flight or Beef Bourguignon Pie from Gold Coast to Singapore,” recommended Campbell.

Scoot’s Premium Selections use the freshest ingredients, are tailored for each route, and come with a drink and two sides such chocolate cake, apple crumble, fresh fruits or salad.

Premium Selection meals may only be booked online, either at the time of purchasing the air ticket or subsequently via the Manage My Booking function. For more information on ScooTV via Streaming and Premium Selection Meals, please visit www.flyscoot.com.

Scoot’s network now comprises nine cities including Singapore, Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tianjin, Tokyo, Qingdao and Shenyang, with 35 more destinations offered in conjunction with partner airlines. Fares are available for booking at www.flyscoot.com or through the call centre. To receive the latest news, updates and exclusive promotional offers, register at www.flyscoot.com, www.facebook.com/flyscoot or e.weibo.com/flyscoot.

About Scoot™
Scoot™ operates medium and long haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Tianjin, Taipei, Tokyo, Shenyang and Qingdao. Operating a fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft, Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at Flyscoot.com or contact our call centre. Find out more on Flyscoot.com, Facebook.com/FlyScoot or e.Weibo.com/Flyscoot!

 

24.01.13| Dragonair Unveils Comprehensive Enhancements to Cope with Future Expansion and Development

 
Dragonair has unveiled a major new product enhancement, its biggest since 2005, that will see the introduction of New Business Class and New Economy Class cabins together with a brand-new inflight entertainment system named StudioKA.

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The product announcement was made at a media event hosted by Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung. Speaking at the event, Mr Yeung said: “When the exciting new products are in place, our passengers’ journeys will be even more relaxing and enjoyable. The inflight facelift demonstrates our commitment to offer superior products and services to our passengers. The latest investment also underlines Dragonair’s commitment to long-term expansion and development.”

Commenting on the airline’s performance in 2012, Mr Yeung said: “Dragonair grew at an unprecedented pace last year. We launched or resumed eight destinations, expanded our fleet with six aircraft and broke our previous record of passengers carried in a year. As we increase our regional links, we also strengthen Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub and contribute to the city’s infrastructural development. The groundwork laid in 2012 puts us in a stronger position to reap the benefits of eventual economic upturn in the areas we operate in. While we remain cautiously optimistic, the business environment in 2013 will continue to be extremely challenging in view of the uncertain world economy.”

“With the addition of Zhengzhou and Yangon this month, the 11th and 12th new or resumed destinations since early last year – Wenzhou in the Mainland and Da Nang in Vietnam – will be launched tomorrow and on 28 March,” said Mr Yeung.

“Dragonair continues to keep a close eye on China and the Southeast Asian region, two areas of high potential and dynamic traffic flow. With the launch of Wenzhou, Dragonair will serve 22 destinations in our core market of Mainland China,” Mr Yeung added.

The New Business Class product is specifically designed around the needs of passengers flying within the region, greatly enhancing their ability to dine, work, rest and be entertained. The product is the result of an intensive passenger-led design process that involves input from the airline’s Marco Polo Club members to refine comfort, versatility and function. The principal feature of the New Business Class product is the seat, which offers an extensive recline, extended legrest and innovative cradle motion that ensure passengers can rest in comfort. The whole New Business Class concept is aimed at making passengers feel that their every need is taken care of.

The New Economy Class product offers greatly improved living space compared to the existing Dragonair Economy Class along with more personal storage space. The new seat features a cradle mechanism to enhance the level of comfort in the recline position.

The airline’s New Business Class and New Economy Class products adopt the same designs used by sister airline Cathay Pacific for its new Regional Business Class and new long-haul Economy Class products. This will create a more consistent and harmonious inflight experience for passengers connecting between the two airlines through the Hong Kong hub.

Both the New Business Class and New Economy Class products will feature StudioKA, a widescreen on-demand inflight entertainment system shown on high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions – 12.1” in size in Business Class and 9” in Economy Class. This is the first time that an entertainment library with audio and video on demand has been made available on Dragonair flights, offering passengers a whole new inflight entertainment experience.

StudioKA offers passengers a wide range of exciting entertainment options through its extensive library, with more than 100 Hollywood blockbusters and popular Asian movies, 500-plus Western and Asian TV programmes, 888 music CDs, 22 radio channels, and programmes in nine languages.

Along with the new seats and entertainment system, Dragonair passengers will also see new designs for the inflight meal service ware in both Business Class and Economy Class starting from March. The design of the new service ware complements the new cabin elements to offer passengers a refreshed dining experience on regional flights.

Features of New Business Class

The seat pitch has been increased from 45” to 47” on the airline’s wide body aircraft and from 42” to 45” on narrow body aircraft, providing extra legroom for passengers. The in-seat width has also been increased from 20” to 21” on all aircraft types, providing extra living space for passengers. Each seat is encased in a fixed shell ensuring that passengers’ living space is not encroached upon by the passenger in front.

The seat features independent electronic controls for recline and the legrest, allowing passengers to adjust the seat into their ideal position with the touch of a button. The ergonomically-designed seat articulates into a comfortable “lazy-Z” position that allows passengers to be cradled in the optimum position for relaxation. Passenger comfort is further enhanced by a six-way movement headrest and an extended legrest.

The design of the seat has ensured that ample storage space is available for passengers’ personal baggage and items. Each seat is equipped with a universal power supply outlet to keep electronic devices fully charged. A multi-port connector includes an USB port that can be used to charge devices such as mobile phones and BlackBerry devices, and an iPhone®/iPod®/iPad®connector that allows passengers to connect their own devices and watch video through the personal TV.

The seat is equipped with a new 12.1 inch touch-screen monitor, which is mounted into the back of the fixed seat. The large meal table allows passengers ample space to spread out while they work or dine, and an extendable cocktail table.

The New Business Class product will be installed on the majority of Dragonair’s aircraft. The first A330 aircraft with the New Business Class product is scheduled to enter service in March 2013. The entire retrofit project is due to complete by the end of 2014.

Features of New EconomyClass

The New Economy Class seat features a cradle mechanism to enhance the level of comfort in the recline position, the latest 9” high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions, a USB outlet and an iPhone®/iPod®/iPad®connector that allows passengers to connect their own mobile devices to view content through the personal television. The seat also offers improved living space and more personal storage space.

The New Economy Class seat will be fitted on the majority of Dragonair fleet. The first A330 aircraft with the New Economy Class product is scheduled to enter service in March 2013. The entire retrofit project is due to complete by the end of 2014.

 

28.01.13| Shortlist for the Crystal Cabin Award 2013 is in place – with plenty of products and concepts that make travelling more pleasant for the passenger

Customer friendliness is a characteristic of a remarkable number of the products entered for this year’s Crystal Cabin Award. And “customer” here refers not just to the airline, but also – indeed, first and foremost – to the passenger.

The 5 members of the preselection committee have just finished assessing all the entries received by the Crystal Cabin Award Association in Hamburg to see if they fulfil the conditions of entry.

They were surprised by a number of interesting details which will benefit future passengers. A total of 47 submissions from eleven countries are now in the race.

The international expert jury is now evaluating the accepted submissions, so that the finalists for the seven categories can be nominated shortly before the Aircraft Interiors Expo (9 to 11 April, 2013). The winners will be crowned, as they are every year, as part of the aircraft cabin industry trade fair in Hamburg.

Sound familiar? A meal is being served and you have to quickly find somewhere to put your notebook, your book, your notepad. Products such as Table Dance and Tray Table Cabinet are here to help. These tables have storage room in the form of hatches and compartments.

And at last we will be able to charge our own electronic devices – smartphones, tablets and ebook readers – via USB cable during the flight. In fact, we can even use our own devices for the in-flight entertainment program. And to save our arms from getting weary, there are both armrests and mounting brackets for tablets.

A special in-flight entertainment program not only shows the area you are currently flying over, but also provides useful information about the history and culture of this small patch of earth. Larger storage lockers – big enough to stand a small case in – will be good news for anyone who likes to travel with a lot of hand luggage. Various lighting scenarios also ensure a more pleasant journey.

“These are just a few of the ideas that have been submitted for the Crystal Cabin Award and made an impression on the preselection committee,” reports Walter Birkhan, President of the Crystal Cabin Award Association. “Sometimes these solutions that increase in-flight comfort are very obvious, but nobody has ever thought of putting them into practice until now. There are also many technical innovations which make economy class travel substantially more pleasant, ranging from noise reduction to lighting and air conditioning.”

Crystal Cabin Award Association c/o Hamburg Aviation Habichtstrasse 41, D – 22305 Hamburg Tel: +49 (0)40/22 70 19 28 www.crystal-cabin-award.com

For some entrants, there was already an internal competition within the company before the submission was sent to this major international aircraft cabin competition. This is because the new rules stipulate that each company may only enter one product per category. “This restriction has meant that we were not able to accept so many entries this year, but the comparison within the specific categories is now much fairer,” remarks Carmen Krause, Project Manager for the Crystal Cabin Award.

The Judging Panel, consisting of 24 experts from the international aviation industry, will now examine and evaluate the 47 accepted entries in detail. In March, a few weeks before the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, three finalists each will be nominated for the following seven categories: “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment” ̨ “Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts”, “Materials and Components” ̨ “Passenger Comfort Hardware” ̨ “Passenger Comfort Systems” ̨ “Premium Class & VIP” and the category for students: “University”. The winner of the University category receives not only the coveted trophy but also 3,000 euros in prize money.

The official announcement of the winners and the presentation of the seven trophies takes place at a formal dinner as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (9 – 11 April 2013).
So far, the following sponsors have committed to the Crystal Cabin Award 2013: Airbus, Aircraft Cabin Management, the Aircraft Interiors Expo trade fair (Reed Exhibitions), Aircraft Interiors International Magazine, APEX, Bishop, DIEHL Aerosystems Holding, FERCHAU AVIATION Division, Jetliner Cabins, SILVER ATENA and SGS Germany.

About the Crystal Cabin Award
The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international prize for innovations in the field of aircraft cabins. A high-calibre jury made up of renowned academics, engineers, specialist journalists and airline and aircraft manufacturer representatives comes together under the slogan “Let your ideas take off” to honour unusual cabin concepts and products. The competition was launched by Hamburg Aviation and is organised by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. The award, to date the only one of its kind, has been presented during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.

 

28.01.13|  JAL and Japan Post Cooperate to Offer Trial Express Mail Service (EMS) of Temperature-Sensitive Parcels to Taiwan and Singapore

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Post Co., Ltd. (Japan Post) will begin cooperating to offer “Cool EMS*” – a new international speed post service of small, temperature-sensitive parcels from Japan to addresses in Taiwan and Singapore during this trial period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Japan is well-known for the superior quality, safety and freshness of its foods and with the number of visitors to Japan increasing over the years, demand in other parts of Asia for the country’s food and culinary ingredients such as fruits and other agricultural produce, Japanese raw fish (sashimi) and other seafood, as well as its regional specialties, have been on the rise. Most people seeking fresh Japanese food outside of Japan are limited to selections available at local supermarkets, or supplies that they had brought back as souvenirs from a visit to Japan.

Direct delivery of such temperature-sensitive perishables in amounts for personal consumption has not been an option until now. Meeting the growing demand of non-Japanese overseas and of Japanese nationals abroad for such fresh Japanese fare, Cool EMS was created to provide the perfect solution of transporting foodstuff from Japan at optimum temperatures to ensure that its reputable freshness and safety standards are maintained.

Cool EMS utilizes Japan Post’s international speed post service that offers overnight delivery to major cities in Asia so that parcels arrive the following day, and leverages JAL Cargo’s expertise in the area of temperature-controlled freight where it has developed advanced procedures and equipment such as various types of temperature-controlled containers, to handle high value, temperature-sensitive cargo like pharmaceuticals.

Parcels with a maximum weight of 15kg and a size within the dimensions of 34cm in length, 26cm in width and 23cm in height will be accepted and transported in special cold containers at temperatures kept between two and ten degree Celsius for as long as 72 to 80 hours.

Going forward, JAL and Japan Post will cooperate further to expand this service of transporting temperature-sensitive goods, including frozen products, to a wider part of Asia such as Hong Kong, Shanghai and South Korea, and in that way, also support small and medium-sized companies in Japan to carve out business opportunities overseas.

*EMS is a top speed international mail service offered by Japan Post for sending up to 30 kg of documents and other goods simply and conveniently to over 120 countries and territories worldwide.

 

28.01.13|   PICTURE: ViaSat Augments Global Mobility Satellite Network with New Capacity

* Government and general aviation business growth drives demand for increased bandwidth and new services

ViaSat Inc. has signed four new contracts that increase the total Ku-band capacity of its global mobility network by more than 60 percent. This investment in additional bandwidth will be reserved for government and general aviation business growth and customer requirements for high data rates for mobile satellite communications.

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“This expansion phase is an overlay to our mobile network in key regions around the globe,” said Paul Baca, GM/VP ViaSat Global Mobile Broadband. “This addition will raise the bar for baseline broadband performance and provide a foundation for new service plans.”

The sustained growth in airborne satellite communications for ViaSat was recently highlighted by the delivery of the 500th VR-12 satellite terminal. This ultra-small aperture system has been a key technology enabler for both general aviation and government mobility markets, for “office in the sky” business applications, as well as enroute Command & Control and ISR services for military customers.

Details regarding regional coverage and availability will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, go to www.viasat.com/broadband-satellite-networks/mobile-broadband.

About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)

ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede® by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world’s highest capacity satellite; service to more than 1,750 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 2,400 people in a number of locations worldwide for customer service, network operations, and technology development.

 

28.01.13| Delta Air Lines Partners with Architectural Digest to Develop The Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club, New Outdoor Airport Terraces in Atlanta and New York

Delta Air Lines (DAL) has partnered with Architectural Digest to develop the airline’s first-ever outdoor airport terraces, called The Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club in Concourse F of Atlanta’s new international terminal and in New York’s redeveloped Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Renowned designer Thom Filicia was selected by Architectural Digest to create distinctive spaces that will be extensions of the Delta Sky Clubs.

“Delta is proud to collaborate with two of the most renowned names in design – Architectural Digest and designer Thom Filicia – on our first outdoor Delta Sky Club spaces,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing.

“Sky Deck represents our continuing effort to offer Delta customers exclusive experiences and amenities they value. The new outdoor terraces will do just that – provide distinctive spaces with unprecedented outdoor runway views at two of the most globally significant airports in the world.”

“It is ideal when we can collaborate on a marketing program that taps into AD’s design expertise and trusted relationship with readers, and Delta has done so in order to create truly unique customer experiences,” said Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher of Architectural Digest.

“Architectural Digest has unmatched access to the top design talent and experience with luxurious home furnishing brands, and we are thrilled to leverage both as part of this collaboration.”

The new space in Atlanta will be adjacent to the Delta Sky Club in Concourse F and will open this summer. At JFK, the space will be a rooftop terrace at the club in the airline’s new $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4, scheduled to open in May. In addition to a unique viewing opportunity, the clubs will offer the comfort, convenience and relaxation customers expect from the award-winning Delta Sky Club experience.

“Amid the hustle and bustle of the airport experience, we seek to create a refuge, which represents Delta’s dedication to elevated design and pays homage to an elegant lifestyle of travel and the spirit of flight,” said designer Thom Filicia.
Over the last 24 months, Delta has opened or renovated 13 clubs across the Delta system in cities including Atlanta, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The Sky Decks are the latest in the airline’s more than $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities. In addition to investments in Delta Sky Clubs, Delta operates the largest Wi-Fi-enabled fleet in the world, is adding recharging stations at more airports, has added more First Class seats and in-flight entertainment to its domestic product; offers Economy Comfort on all two-class aircraft; is adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all long-haul international flights; and is overhauling its terminal facility for international customers at its two largest global gateways – the new international terminal in Atlanta now open and the expanded international terminal opening in May at New York-JFK.

About Architectural Digest
As the international authority on design and architecture, Architectural Digest provides exclusive access to the world’s most beautiful homes and buildings, bringing its audience a wealth of information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations, and extraordinary discoveries — in the magazine, online at archdigest.com and via the tablet.

About Delta
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta won 33 airline industry awards sweeping the major corporate travel surveys including Business Travel News, Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Recommend Magazine and The Beat. Delta was also a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 318 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide.

Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

 

23.01.13| Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. appoints John LaValle and Louis Belanger-Martin to top management positions upon closing of business combination

Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. today announced that, upon the closing of its proposed business combination transaction, John LaValle, the Chief Executive Officer of Row 44, Inc. (Row 44), will become Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle, and Louis Belanger-Martin, the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (AIA), will become Vice Chairman of the Board of Global Eagle.

Under the proposed business combination, Global Eagle will acquire Row 44 and 86% of the issued and outstanding shares of AIA. Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. will be renamed Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. upon the closing and will be the public holding company for both Row 44 and AIA.

“I’m pleased that John has agreed to serve as CEO and Louis as Vice Chairman of Global Eagle Entertainment,” stated Ed Shapiro, Chairman of the Boards of Row 44 and AIA and Chairman-designate of Global Eagle Entertainment.

“I have worked closely with both John and Louis in their respective CEO roles over the past several years and have watched them build industry leading companies. John has done a tremendous job positioning Row 44 to extend its leadership position in satellite-based in-flight connectivity, while Louis has continued to leverage his nearly two decades of airline content experience to position AIA for the next stage of its growth. I look forward to tapping their talents in running of this newly combined company.”

Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, founders of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., stated: “The appointments of John and Louis at Global Eagle allows them to bring their strengths to the public company level. They work extremely well together and we look forward to being part of their success.”

LaValle has served as the CEO of Row 44 for the past year. After joining the company in 2007, he helped to establish and strengthen Row 44′s leadership position in satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment content. In his more than 20 years with technology companies, LaValle has completed three successful IPOs. LaValle’s successful track record includes COO and/or CFO roles at National Beverage Properties, TelASIC Communications, Kotura, Inc., Stamps.com (IPO 1999), Comcore Semiconductor, Trikon Technologies (IPO 1995), Superconductor Technologies (IPO 1992) and PS Medical.

Belanger-Martin will continue to serve as the Chief Executive Officer at AIA, a position he has held since 2011. He will also continue to serve as a Member of the Management Board at AIA and will lead the efforts to develop Global Eagle’s offering into a single solution. The founder of DTI Software, Belanger-Martin is credited as one of the executives who pioneered the in-flight entertainment business. He will continue to maintain key relationships for AIA and Global Eagle Entertainment with the company’s customers, which include more than 100 airlines as well as with international equipment manufactures and leading consortiums of videogame producers.

In November 2012, Global Eagle announced the signing of definitive agreements for the business combination to create the largest entertainment and connectivity platform for the worldwide airline industry. AIA is the leading supplier of games, movies, general entertainment and applications to the airline industry, serving more than 130 airlines worldwide. Row 44 is a leading satellite-based broadband service provider to the global airline industry, with its in-flight entertainment connectivity system currently installed on more than 450 aircraft that operate over land and sea worldwide.

About Advanced Inflight Alliance AG
Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (AIA) is the world’s leading provider of innovative content and solutions for the in-flight entertainment industry. AIA, which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and its subsidiaries are market-leading companies pioneering in the “passenger experience” sector which provide content solutions such as international and local audio, video, applications, games and services to the majority of the world’s airlines. AIA was incorporated in Germany in 1998 and completed its initial public offering in 1999.

About Row 44
Row 44, Inc. is a satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment content provider for commercial airlines. Row 44 enables airlines worldwide to provide their travelers with high-speed Internet connectivity, access to world-class entertainment content, including live television and streaming Video-On-Demand, and local activities that can be booked en route, all streamed directly to their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Row 44, through its airline partners, has a fleet of approximately 450 high-speed Wi-Fi-enabled planes that operate over land and sea. The Row 44 platform uses Ku-band satellite technology for connectivity to deliver airline passengers a quality travel experience, and airlines incremental revenue and growth opportunities. To learn more, please visit www.row44.com.

About Global Eagle
Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination involving Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. and one or more businesses. Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. is a Delaware corporation formed in 2011. It raised approximately $190 million in its IPO in May 2011 and its securities are traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbols EAGL, EAGLW and EAGLU.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
Global Eagle has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed business combination and has mailed a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents to its stockholders. Global Eagle stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the definitive proxy statement, and any amendments thereto, in connection with Global Eagle’s solicitation of proxies for the stockholders’ meeting to be held to approve the business combination because the proxy statement contains important information about AIA, Row 44, Global Eagle and the proposed business combination. The definitive proxy statement has been mailed to stockholders of record of Global Eagle as of December 17, 2012. Stockholders may also obtain copies of the proxy statement, without charge, at the SEC’s website at, or by directing a request to: Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., 10900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Attn.: James A. Graf, Chief Financial Officer.

 

23.01.13| Etihad Airways records profit for second year running

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was profitable again in 2012. The airline’s President and Chief Executive, James Hogan, made the announcement during his keynote address at the Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin.

The 2012 result follows Etihad Airways’ maiden profit in 2011 of USD14 million. During his speech to more than 1,000 delegates in the Irish capital, Mr Hogan added that more details of the airline’s financial results would be released next month.

The 15th Annual Global Airfinance Conference includes delegates from the world’s largest airlines, leasing companies, commercial banks, export credit agencies, private equity firms, investment banks, manufacturers, law firms and other aircraft financing organisations.

Mr Hogan also explained to conference delegates how Etihad Airways’ focus on cost control and the creation of value and scale had helped drive its impressive expansion.

He spoke of the airline’s strong financial portfolio with more than USD 6.5 billion in funding from more than 50 financial institutions across the world, and he gave details of how major financial market risks are managed. These include fuel, foreign currencies, interest rates and emissions.

Etihad Airways funding is derived from more than 50 lenders and lessors from local, regional and global sources. Mr Hogan said there would be a continued focus on diverse sources, focus on residual value risk, as well as the importance of key relationships with financial institutions.

Mr Hogan said: “Etihad Airways has achieved double-digit passenger and revenue growth in recent years and established world-class product and service. This could not have been achieved without the airline earning the confidence of the leading global financial institutions.

“We are set to post our second successive profit which is rare in the current uncertain economic climate and illustrates the impact and success that the Etihad Airways’ unique business model has made.”

Mr Hogan added that Etihad Airways has identified a new route to global expansion, allowing it to accelerate even further its development as an airline and as a business.

This includes organic fleet and network growth, wide-ranging codeshares, and strategic equity partnerships. These all come together to create a virtuous circle of growth opportunities for the airline and its partners.

Etihad Airways carried more than 215,000 passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dublin in 2012, with the route once again in the airline’s top 10 most popular.

 

23.01.13| The who’s who in airline retail converge on Hong Kong for ARC2013 Asia-Pacific

Don’t miss your chance to help shape the future of the world’s inflight retail market

DON’T MISS OUT

With just over four weeks to go until the 2013 Asia-Pacific Airline Retail Conference, the event has already attracted more key industry decision makers than ever before as the who’s who of airline retail converge on Hong Kong.

Due to high demand from both delegates and exhibitors, tickets for the Gala Dinner are now limited.

Delegates also need to register in the next week to be eligible for the special rate at the delegate hotel, so book your place now and don’t miss out!

MORE FANTASTIC SPEAKERS

Further to last week’s speaker announcement, we are delighted to announce that more world-class speakers have been added to the agenda including:

· Brigitte Wolf, Head of Sales & Marketing, Lufthansa WorldShop
· Rafidah Wan Mohamed, Inflight Services Manager, Tiger Airways
· Nikos Loukas, Founder, Inflight Feed
· Daniel Baron, Managing Director, LIFT Strategic Design
· Don Leventhal, Director of Airline Marketing, Skymall
· Dr Peter Yu, Ex-Chairman, Hong Kong Food Science & Technology Association
· Terry Revnak, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Gogo

BIGGER AND BETTER

The conference, jointly moderated by DFNI publisher Amanda Felix and ARC’s event director Alex Vail, will take place on 25th – 27th February at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Following the success of last year’s sold-out conference in Singapore, ARC 2013 Asia-Pacific will be bigger than ever before with over 30 of the region’s leading airlines and most major concessionaires already pre-registered to attend.

In addition, the event is supported by a 40-stand key suppliers’ exhibition.

A list of confirmed attendees can be found online.

To register, or for more information about ARC2013 Asia-Pacific, please call Shelly Guerrero on +44 20 7613 6959 or visit www.airlineretail.com/current-event

About The Airline Retail Conference ARC-Shaping the future of inflight retail.

The Airline Retail Conference is the most focused networking platform for airline buyers and suppliers in the world. Through conferences, exhibitions and social events, ARC creates premium opportunities to build rewarding business relationships.

Since ARC first launched in 2007, over 2300 high-level delegates have attended this focused event, including representatives from almost all of the world’s top 75 airlines and all of the major retail concessionaires.

ARC is the leading global conference for senior inflight professionals. We bring together chief executives, retail directors and ancillary revenue specialists from the world’s leading airlines, to share knowledge and best practice in a professional networking environment.

Since Ink bought the conference in 2009, it has gone from strength to strength, growing year on year and establishing itself as the “go to” events in the Travel Retail sector.

Each conference is accompanied by an exhibition blending the sector’s leading brands with the newest companies and latest innovations in onboard retail, food, beverage and ancillary revenue streams.

ARC is designed to be the best possible use of time for busy airline professionals.

Contact: James Harrison Group Marketing and Communications Director James.harrison@ink-global.com +44 20 7613 6995

 

23.01.13| US Airways Reports Highest Annual Profit Net Income excluding special items up 384 percent versus 2011

Highlights of US Airways Group, Inc.’s (the Company) fourth quarter and 2012 results:
- Full year 2012 net profit excluding net special items was a record $537 million, or $2.79 per diluted share. This is a 384 percent improvement over the Company’s 2011 net profit of $111 million excluding net special items, or $0.68 per diluted share.
- Fourth quarter net profit excluding net special items was $46 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. This compares to a fourth quarter 2011 net profit excluding net special items of $21 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.
- The airline’s employees earned approximately $61 million in profit sharing for the full year results, up 408 percent versus 2011, and an additional $19 million in operational incentive payouts through November.

US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today reported its fourth quarter and 2012 financial results.

For full year 2012, the Company reported a record net profit of $537 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, which excludes net special items totaling a credit of $100 million.

This compares to a full year 2011 net profit of $111 million excluding net special items, or $0.68 per diluted share.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $637 million, or $3.28 per diluted share for 2012, up 797 percent over the 2011 net profit of $71 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.

For the fourth quarter 2012, net profit excluding net special items was $46 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. Net profit excluding net special items for the fourth quarter 2011 was $21 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $37 million for its fourth quarter 2012, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a net profit of $18 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

As previously disclosed, the Company’s fourth quarter and full year results were negatively impacted by approximately $35 million due to Hurricane Sandy.

See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release

 

23.01.13| Global IP Extends Mobility Offering with Intelsat Global IP to introduce Ku-band maritime services to oil, gas and energy customers across the vast Indian Ocean region

Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Spain-based Global IP, a provider of satellite communications for maritime, energy and corporate customers, has signed multi-year agreements allowing it to provide broadband service to its maritime customers in the Indian Ocean region.

Global IP will use capacity on Intelsat 22 at 72° East, Intelsat 702 at 33° East, and the IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network to introduce advanced mobility services.

Global IP will collocate its DVB-S2 high-throughput platform at Intelsat’s teleport in Fuchsstadt, Germany, enabling access to the IntelsatOne infrastructure and Intelsat’s satellite fleet.

The agreements enable Global IP to introduce worldwide Ku-band maritime services to oil and gas customers, as well as energy providers, in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

“These agreements add multiple strategic beams to our global network that are highly optimized for advanced mobility applications in the Indian Ocean region,” said Jesus Barber, general manager for Global IP.

“Collocating our hub in Fuchsstadt gives us access to IntelsatOne and the world’s largest satellite fleet, enhancing and extending our services to our oil, gas and maritime customers.”

“Our unique and flexible hybrid solution is the ideal platform for Global IP to rely on for meeting the communications needs of its mobility customers in the Indian Ocean region,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat RVP of sales for Europe and the Middle East.

“As demand for fast, reliable broadband access across multiple formats continues to increase, our mobility offering provides best-in-class service in remote and underserved environments, including ships and energy platforms.”

Intelsat is scheduled to complete its global broadband mobility platform in the first quarter of 2013 with the launch of Intelsat 27, scheduled for January 31.

About Global IP Global IP is a market leader in high quality satellite communications services worldwide for maritime, energy and corporate markets.

As a leading provider of high-performance, standards-based satellite network systems, Global IP provides services for mobile, fixed-line telephony, data, and multimedia applications used by maritime industry, energy sector, utility companies, and global corporations.

Since 2008, the company has deployed services in more than 30 countries, and has a global presence and depots for onsite technical support across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

Global IP currently operates five teleports strategically located, and has three regional support centers for worldwide continuous customer support.

About Intelsat Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies.

Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services.

From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.

 

21.01.13| Gogo Selected to Outfit more than 400 Aircraft with its Ku-band Satellite Connectivity Service Reaches Additional Milestones in Air to Ground Connectivity and In-flight Entertainment Installations

Gogo Selected to Outfit more than 400 Aircraft with its Ku-band Satellite Connectivity Service Reaches Additional Milestones in Air to Ground Connectivity and In-flight Entertainment Installations

Gogo, a global leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, announced today that, to date, it has been selected to outfit more than 400 aircraft with its Ku-band satellite connectivity services across several major airlines operating in the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to reaching a milestone with its satellite-based connectivity services, Gogo has hit additional milestones with its various connectivity solutions.

Today, Gogo has its Air to Ground (ATG) solution installed on more than 1,700 aircraft and its next generation ATG technology – ATG-4 – installed on more than 100 aircraft, bringing its total number of installed aircraft to more than 1,800 across nine major airlines.

“Gogo continues to play a leading role in helping passengers connect at 30,000 feet in the U.S. and, soon, around the world,” said Gogo’s president and CEO Michael Small.

“In addition to our roll-out of in-flight Internet, we have been able to continue to deploy our wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Gogo Vision.”

Gogo Vision allows passengers to watch a movie on their own Wi-Fi enabled tablet or laptop. Today, the service is installed on more than 300 American, Delta and US Airways aircraft. Gogo expects to have more than 1,500 aircraft installed with Gogo Vision by the end of 2013.

“Gogo remains technology neutral and plans to add additional technologies to our portfolio as they become available to the aero market, including Inmarsat’s Global Express Ka-satellite solution,” added Small. “Adding satellite technologies to our suite of in-flight connectivity solutions allows us to deploy a variety of technologies that can serve our airline partners’ entire fleet, regardless of aircraft size or where that aircraft might be flying.”

About Gogo
Gogo is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,800 commercial aircraft including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and nearly all of Delta’s regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.

Back on the ground, Gogo’s 500+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.

 

21.01.13| Southwest Airlines And Row 44 Announce Milestones In Wi-Fi Partnership: — Row 44 Completes Installation On 400th Southwest Aircraft — Southwest’s Inflight Entertainment Platform Features Live Television

Row 44, the leading provider of inflight Wi-Fi and device-based entertainment for airlines around the world, and its partner Southwest Airlines announced today that the Row 44 inflight entertainment and connectivity service, which includes high-speed Internet, shopping, destination services, and real-time flight map with updates, has been installed on 400 Southwest aircraft. In addition, Southwest offers Row 44′s live television service across all Wi-Fi equipped aircraft.

“The 400th installation of broadband capabilities on our fleet is a particularly significant milestone for Southwest and our partner Row 44,” said Dave Ridley, Southwest Airlines’ Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Southwest was the first U.S. carrier to test satellite-delivered broadband Internet access on multiple aircraft. We have found the strength of satellite service has allowed us to deliver very high bandwidth for Internet users and provide our inflight entertainment via the addition of live television.”

Now available on Southwest aircraft installed with Wi-Fi, the live television service features nine channels of live news and sports, which includes NBC Sports, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, MLB, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News and FOX-NYC.

Passengers with Wi-Fi-enabled devices can stream the live television service. Importantly, the Row 44 live television service utilizes a distinct band transmitted to the aircraft, and therefore does not interfere with Internet connectivity.

“Our 400th installation on Southwest is a notable achievement for Row 44, and coupled with a growing list of services they entrust us to deliver to their Customers makes it even more significant,” said Row 44′s Chief Executive Officer John LaValle. “As our partnership with Southwest continues to thrive, Row 44 remains committed to innovating in the ways that are meaningful to Southwest and their passengers’ inflight entertainment experience.”
“We look forward to having the most robust inflight entertainment platform in the sky,” added Ridley.”

About Row 44, Inc.
Row 44, Inc. is a satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment content provider for commercial airlines. Row 44 enables airlines worldwide to provide their travelers with high-speed Internet connectivity, access to world-class entertainment content, including live television and streaming Video-On-Demand, and local activities that can be booked en route, all streamed directly to their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Row 44, through their airline partners, has a fleet of approximately 450 high-speed Wi-Fi-enabled planes that operate over land and sea. The Row 44 platform uses Ku-band satellite technology for connectivity to deliver airline passengers a quality travel experience, and airlines incremental revenue and growth opportunities. To learn more, please visit www.row44.com.
About Southwest Airlines Co.

In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People and Planet. To read about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

About Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, eco-friendly cabin interior. With 39 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,100 flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations.

Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.

 

21.01.13| New Top Management appointed at Airbus China

Eric Chen becomes Airbus China President and Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll, COO

On 1st January 2013, Eric Chen has become President of Airbus China, responsible for Airbus’ overall activities in the People’s Republic of China, including business development, commercial activities, customer services and industrial cooperation. Eric Chen, previously Airbus China Senior Vice President Commercial and External Affairs, succeeds Laurence Barron, who has now taken over as CEO and Chairman of EADS China.

In addition, also on 1st January 2013, Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll-Garzon has been appointed Airbus China Chief Operating Officer (COO). Previously, Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll was Head of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Empennage /Aft Fuselage of Airbus in Spain.

Eric Chen joined Airbus in 1994 as Area Sales Director. He was promoted Vice President Sales of Airbus China in 2001. Eric Chen held that position until 2008 when he became Senior Vice President Commercial and External Affairs

As one of the pioneers who worked for Airbus China, Eric Chen has witnessed the successful development of Airbus’ business, especially the expansion of its in-service fleet from 6 per cent in 1994 to about 50 per cent today for aircraft over 100 seats.

“I feel much more the challenge than the honour in the job of President of Airbus China,” says Eric Chen. “China is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. My predecessor Laurence Barron and the entire Airbus China team have laid a solid foundation for the further development of Airbus in China and I will continue to lead Airbus’ development in China to new highs,” adds Eric Chen.

Before joining Airbus, Eric Chen had worked for companies in Shanghai and Paris. Chen graduated from University of Nanjing in 1982 and studied in several institutions in France.

Born in Shanghai, Eric Chen is married with two children. His hobbies include philosophy, history and Peking Opera.

Airbus is an EADS company.

 

21.01.13| JAL Group Announces Domestic and a Portion of International Route and Flight Frequency Plans for FY2013

JAL Group Announces Domestic and a Portion of International Route and Flight Frequency Plans for FY2013

The JAL Group (JAL) announced today, the route and flight frequency plans for its domestic and a portion of international operations for fiscal year 2013 (year ending March 31, 2014).

Capitalizing on the new allotted slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, JAL will increase flight frequencies on certain domestic routes and has also decided to launch a new service between Haneda and Nagoya (Chubu) with one daily round-trip flight, serving as a convenient connection to and from the late-night departures and early arrivals of international flights at Haneda to further enhance customer convenience.

Additionally, JAL will be restarting services on three routes between Osaka (Itami) and Matsuyama, Hakodate as well as Misawa with a total of five daily round-trip flights.

Strengthening its domestic network with a more comprehensive expansion of services, JAL is increasing flight frequencies on 16 routes adding 18 more daily flights to its operations, centered mainly on departures from Osaka to various regions in Japan.

Internationally, JAL plans to reduce capacity on the service between Osaka (Kansai) and Seoul (Gimpo) with the change in frequency from 14 to seven weekly round-trip flights on this route, while reintroducing business class service.

Plans for other international routes will be announced at a later stage contingent to the resumption of operations of the Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

JAL will continue to assess and make adjustments to its plans, considering the convenience for customers and changes to the operating environment.

Domestic Operations

New Route

Route Details Effective Date
Tokyo, Haneda = Nagoya, Chubu Beginning 1 daily round-trip flight March 31, 2013

Reinstated Routes

Route Details Effective Date
Itami = Matsuyama Increase from 0 to 3 daily round-trip flight March 31, 2013
Itami = Hakodate Increase from 0 to 1 daily round-trip flight March 31, 2013
Itami = Misawa Increase from 0 to 1 daily round-trip flight March 31, 2013

Increase in Flight Frequency

Route Details Effective Date
Haneda = Sapporo Increase from 17 to 18 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Haneda = Naha Increase from 13 to 14 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Sapporo Increase from 2 to 3 daily round-trip flights May 1, 2013
Itami = Fukuoka Increase from 2 to 5 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Sendai Increase from 6 to 7 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Hanamaki Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Niigata Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Oita Increase from 2 to 3 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Itami = Miyazaki Increase from 5 to 6 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Kansai = Naha Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights Apr. 16 – Jun. 30, 2013
Sapporo = Memanbetsu Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights Aug. 1 – Aug. 31, 2013
Sapporo = Aomori Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights Aug. 1 – Aug. 31, 2013
Sapporo = Akita Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights Aug. 1 – Aug. 31, 2013
Sapporo = Hanamaki Increase from 3 to 4 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Sapporo = Sendai Increase from 5 to 6 daily round-trip flights Aug. 1 – Aug. 31, 2013
Fukuoka = Matsuyama Increase from 6 to 7 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Kagoshima = Matsuyama Increase from 1 to 2 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013
Kagoshima = Yakushima Increase from 5 to 6 daily round-trip flights March 31, 2013

International

Decrease in Flight Frequency

Route Details Aircraft Effective Date
Kansai = Seoul (Gimpo) Reduced from 14 to 7 weekly round trip flights 737-800 March 31, 2013

Business class service will be reintroduced on this route and operated with an aircraft equipped with personal entertainment systems in every seat.

The following are convenient connections to and from international flights at Haneda for the new Haneda = Chubu service.

JL146 Departure from Chubu – 20:45 / Arrival at Haneda – 21:45

Smooth transfers from Chubu to the following late-night international flights at Haneda are possible.

Route Flight Number Departure Time from Haneda
Haneda – Honolulu JL080 23:30
Haneda – San Francisco JL002 00:05
Haneda – Paris JL041 00:40
Haneda – Singapore JL035 01:00
Haneda – Bangkok JL033 01:35

JL141 Departure from Haneda – 8:10 / Arrival at Chubu – 9:10

Smooth transfers to Chubu from the following early morning arrivals of international flights at Haneda are possible.

Route Flight Number Arrival Time at Haneda
Singapore – Haneda JL036 05:45
Bangkok – Haneda JL034 06:00
Paris – Haneda JL042 06:30

Additionally, the new Haneda=Chubu route will provide good connections to and from JAL’s daily Chubu=Tianjin service.

Route Flight Number Schedule
Chubu – Tianjin JL841 10:30 Departure from Chubu
Tianjin – Chubu JL840 17:45 Arrival at Chubu

 

21.01.13| US Airways Names John Gustafson Vice President, eCommerce, Mobile and Distribution

Today US Airways announced that John Gustafson has been named vice president, eCommerce, Mobile and Distribution.

In this new position, Gustafson will oversee the company’s online channels, including usairways.com, third-party travel agencies and global distribution systems.

Gustafson will remain based in Tempe and continue to report to Andrew Nocella, senior vice President, Marketing and Planning. He recently started his new position.

“John is a proven leader who brings a wealth of online distribution experience to US Airways,” said Nocella.

“With the growing importance of eCommerce to our revenue stream, we are pleased that he will lead our work to create products and services designed to increase revenue during all stages of the travel experience before, during and after flight, regardless of the medium used to book the travel transaction including traditional desktop, smartphone, or tablet technology. These ancillary sales opportunities, beyond the initial booking phase, include GoGo WiFi and Choice Seats on an iPhone application.”

Gustafson began his career with US Airways in 2010 as Director-Distribution Strategy and most recently served as Managing Director, eCommerce, Mobile and Distribution.

During his tenure, he led US Airways’ mobile efforts, including launching the airline’s current mobile website and coming iPhone/Android applications.

Gustafson also championed the design and user experience strategy across all digital channels and has initiated new distribution strategies that have delivered significant annual cost savings to US Airways.

He led the use of the US Airways internal usability and design team, which has improved the customer experience across all channels, particularly by launching improved and more tablet/mobile-friendly designs on the web, mobile and kiosks.

Through his negotiation of new agreements with online travel agencies, Gustafson delivered significant distribution cost savings to US Airways.

In addition, he initiated new distributions strategies, which has driven usairways.com channel share to an all-time high.

The channel share improvements deliver millions of dollars in distribution cost savings while increasing the opportunity to drive incremental ancillary revenue.

Prior to joining US Airways, Gustafson spent 12 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Northwest and Delta Air Lines, most recently as director, Distribution and Internet Strategy.

Gustafson earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, with honors, from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations.

Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Report.

The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years.

The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies’ attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways.

 

21.01.13 | Qantas-Emirates network open for business

Qantas International CEO Simon Hickey said customers could book travel on a mix of Qantas and Emirates services to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“The feedback from customers since the Qantas and Emirates partnership was announced has been fantastic, so we are pleased people can start booking from today,” said Mr Hickey.

Qantas customers can start booking on the joint Qantas-Emirates network for travel from 31 March.

This follows interim authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the proposed Qantas and Emirates partnership. The partnership remains subject to government and regulatory approvals.

“No airline can fly everywhere but the combined Qantas and Emirates network means our customers can fly to a wide range of destinations and earn frequent flyer points in the process.

“One of the main advantages our customers will notice is one-stop access to a much wider range of cities across Europe via Dubai, rather than having to fly to London and backtrack,” he added.

Mr Hickey said Qantas customers would experience significant time savings to European destinations. For example, flying from Sydney to Barcelona on the existing Qantas network requires stops in Singapore and London. On the combined Qantas-Emirates network this same trip would require only a single stop in Dubai and take three hours less.

Today also marks the start of Emirates selling seats on Qantas services, in an arrangement that will ultimately see the world’s largest international airline drive traffic to regional hubs such as Hobart and the Gold Coast on routes operated by Qantas.

Following granting of interim approval last Thursday, Emirates and Qantas are finalising other details of their partnership, including joint pricing, schedules and additional frequent flyer benefits. This detail will be announced in coming weeks.

Customers can book on the joint network for travel after 31 March 2013 via Qantas.com or via their travel agent. Some parts of the joint network – including services between Australia and New Zealand – are not able to be booked until additional regulatory approvals are received.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and status credits on Qantas marketed flights operated by Emirates for travel from 31 March.

 

21.01.13 | CMI announces sale to its senior management team

Cine Magnetics, Inc., also known as CMI Media Management, announced on December 21st, 2012 the sale of the company to its senior management, comprised of Haitham Wahab and Kenneth Wynne. Joseph J. Barber, Jr. will remain as non-executive Chairman of the board.

In an emotional address to CMI employees in Armonk, Joe Barber said “After forty years at CMI, I leave the company in good hands. I have seen Haitham and Ken forge a strong and tight partnership since Haitham joined CMI over four years ago and am convinced that together they form an excellent team that blends the required skills, vision and determination to continue our company’s excellent track record of growth and prosperity.”

Haitham and Ken, who have been at CMI for a combined 40 years added in a joint statement: “We are very excited about the opportunities ahead for CMI. We are grateful for the guidance and long term mentoring we have both received from Joe and look forward to his continued participation with us as non-executive chairman. Through this transaction, we commit ourselves to continuing CMI’s legacy of great service, with our customers remaining at the center of everything we do.”

 

21.01.13 | PICTURE: Cebu Pacific Air takes delivery of its first A320 with Sharklets

* First and only Philippine carrier to operate the latest version of fuel-efficient A320 Family

A320 Cebu Pacitifc Sharklet 1 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Cebu Pacific Air took delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets today during a ceremony in Manila, becoming the first operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices in the Philippines.

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices allowing airlines to reduce fuel burn by up to 4% on longer sectors. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. Cebu Pacific Air today operates 34 A320 Family aircraft, and has 48 more on order for future delivery, comprising 18 A320ceo and 30 A321neo.

“In line with our strategy to operate the youngest, most-modern fleet possible, we are delighted to become one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the A320 with Sharklets”, said Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and CEO. “Thanks to the four-percent fuel savings offered by the Sharklets, we will further benefit from the A320 Family’s unbeatable operating costs, making sure we remain competitive by offering low fares, together with the most extensive route network, to our passengers.”

“Cebu Pacific is one of the great success stories in the Asian low cost market,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “The additional economic and environmental efficiencies offered by the Sharklet-fitted version of the A320 will enable the airline to benefit from even lower operating costs and further enhance its competitive position in the fast-growing Asian market.”

Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. Cutting airlines’ fuel bills by around four percent, Sharklets offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing increased payload capability of up to 450 kilogrammes.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

CEB operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with 32 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo and Davao. It offers 21 international destinations, namely Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.

About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)

Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

 

21.01.13 | JetBlue Kicks Off With Extra Flights for the Big Game!

– Starting at 6 p.m. ET on Sun., Feb. 3, customers flying JetBlue can munch on free Snyder’s Hot Buffalo Wing flavor pretzels and enjoy their first beer, wine or cocktail for just $1 –
– Sports fans can watch the big game live at 30,000 feet on personal seatback screens –

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), the airline with good sportsmanship, is giving flying football fans a forward pass with extra flights between Baltimore and New Orleans, and offering onboard specials to celebrate the big game.

Customers flying JetBlue on Sunday, February 3, 2013 can enjoy free in-flight Snyder’s Hot Buffalo Wing flavor pretzels and $1 drink specials for the first wine, beer or cocktail starting at 6 p.m. ET (a) and catch the high-flying fun in comfy leather seats at 30,000 feet on personal seatback televisions. JetBlue airs more channels of free sports onboard than any airline in the world. Channels include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, GolTV, beIn Sport, and Speed Channel.

The fan favorite airline will add special nonstop flights on Friday, February 1 and Monday, February 4, including:

Baltimore to New Orleans: New Orleans to Baltimore:
Friday, February 1, 2013 Monday, February 4, 2013

Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
9 a.m. ET – 11:05 a.m. CT 12:30 p.m. CT – 4 p.m. ET

“As the airline that likes to have fun, it’s our pleasure to pass that good cheer on to our customers,” said Director Brand Management & Advertising Lisa Borromeo. “We’re proud to offer football fans the opportunity to watch their most beloved game live from the highest seat in the house!”

JetBlue customers enjoy individual channel surfing with 36 channels of free, live television programming, including most major networks, plus more than 100 channels of SiriusXM Radio for free (b), as well as JetBlue Features movies on select routes for a small fee within the US. Movies to Caribbean destinations remain free. JetBlue continues to offer free and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages and snacks on all flights across its 75-city network.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Juan and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visitwww.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 75 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to launch service to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charleston, S.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; andMedellin, Colombia subject to government approval in 2013. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call +1 800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530) from the USA, or visit www.jetblue.com.

(a) On most flights, while supplies last. Offer available only to customers who show positive government-issued photo identification with proof of age 21 years or older. Limit, one $1 drink per customer. Offer not available to JetBlue crewmembers or other airline employees traveling on JetBlue. Please drink responsibly.

(b) Live satellite TV and radio programming is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.

 

21.01.13 | IFE Services appoints new Commercial Director

* Former Managing Director of Atlas Air, Joerg Schiffmann, joins leading in-flight entertainment company.

IFE Services, one of the world’s leading experts in airline passenger entertainment, today announced the appointment of Joerg Schiffmann as Commercial Director.

Bringing over 20 years experience in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) sector, Joerg is responsible for developing the business in key regions as the company continues to expand its global presence. Joerg has previously held CEO level positions with content service provider Atlas Air, content distributor Fairdeal Multimedia and content licensing company IFE Alliance Licensing.

“I’m delighted to have joined one of the industry’s fastest growing and innovative IFE companies,” said Joerg Schiffmann. “IFE Services won many new accounts last year through its commitment to great value and service and I look forward to helping the business achieve its ambitious growth objectives going forward.”

IFE Services is the IFE provider of choice to over 50 airlines globally. In the past 12 months alone, the company has announced IFE contract agreements with TAM Airlines, LAN Airlines, NEOS, JetAsia Airways and Corsairfly.

“We’re very pleased to have Joerg onboard,” said Andy McEwan, CEO of IFE Services.
“Bringing a wealth of experience with him, Joerg will play a key role in developing our business internationally through client wins, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.”
For more information about IFE Services visit: www.ifeservices.com

About IFE Services
IFE Services is a leading provider of in-flight entertainment solutions to the airline industry. Its focus on quality and innovation is supported by a strong commitment to customer service and investment in the latest systems and technologies.

IFE Services supplies a full range of services to enable its clients to provide a first class entertainment experience to passengers. They include movies, TV programmes, audio, games, apps, safety and destination films, portable entertainment systems, onboard publications and AVOD technical support and management.

IFE Services works with a broad client-base worldwide of over 50 airlines and cruise ship operators. The company’s headquarters are in Cheshire, UK with regional offices located in Madrid, Singapore, Santiago, Johannesburg and Irvine, California.

IFE Services is a privately owned company and part of the Travel Entertainment Group.

 

21.01.13 | Japan Airlines Expands Network to Brazil with American Airlines Codeshare

Japan Airlines (JAL) will strengthen its network in the two largest cities of Brazil – Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with the start of a new codeshare arrangement with American Airlines (American), beginning January 27, 2013.

JAL will add Rio de Janeiro as a new destination in its international network, and increase the number of codeshare flights to and from Sao Paulo with this latest agreement.

JAL and American, both members of the oneworld alliance, entered a joint business agreement on April 1, 2011 to partner on trans-Pacific services offered by both airlines. As part of the continual close cooperation, JAL will market round-trip flights operated by American from Dallas Fort Worth as well as from New York’s John F. Kennedy, to the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, giving customers more options when traveling to Brazil for business or for leisure.

Going forward, JAL and American will continue to strengthen the partnership to provide their collective customers traveling across the Pacific with even more convenience and benefits.

Reservations and ticket sales for the codeshare flights will begin January 23, 2013.

Flight Number Route Days of Operation
JL7204/AA963 Dallas Fort Worth – Sao Paulo Daily
JL7205/AA962 Sao Paulo – Dallas Fort Worth Daily
JL7206/AA251 Dallas Fort Worth – Rio de Janeiro Tu, Th, Sa
JL7207/AA250 Rio de Janeiro – Dallas Fort Worth We, Fr, Su
JL7208/AA973 New York (JFK) – Rio de Janeiro Daily
JL7209/AA974 Rio de Janeiro – New York (JFK) Daily
JL7218/AA967 New York (JFK) – Sao Paulo Daily
JL7219/AA966 Sao Paulo – New York (JFK) Daily

*All the above flights are operated by American Airlines

REFERENCE:

Existing JL/AA codeshare flights (operated by American) between North America and Brazil

JL7200/AA951 New York (JFK) – Sao Paulo Daily
JL7201/AA950 Sao Paulo – New York (JFK) Daily

 

21.01.13 | flydubai touches down in exotic Maldives – New route makes leisure travel affordable

flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has inaugurated services to its latest destination – Malé, the capital of the Maldives.

The inaugural flight, FZ561, departed Dubai Terminal 2 at 0035hrs yesterday (20 January), arriving at Malé International Airport (Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) at 0620hrs local time. A water cannon salute and delegation of senior Maldivian state officials received the aircraft and flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith on the runway. Together with local and international media, they later attended a press conference at the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort.

Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said: “The start of flydubai’s flights open our wonderful nation to a wider number of tourists, while also offering affordable fares to Dubai for our residents. Through this regular service, we look forward to welcoming travellers from a wider range of destinations and continuing to develop our tourism appeal.”

Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “Launching flights to Malé is a great start to the year as we introduce our affordable fares and innovative onboard services to a new market. I am confident that the Maldives will prove attractive to passengers from across our network, particularly those in the GCC and CIS regions who can transit easily through Dubai’s aviation hub.”

Furthering its commitment to enhancing passenger experience, flydubai has become the first airline to offer daily updated digital newspapers through its In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system. The eReader platform provides access to 45 newspapers in seven languages from across the globe in pdf format.

Patrick Préfontaine, President of DTI Solutions, the airline industry’s leading provider of in-flight digital reading software which supplied flydubai’s eReader, said: “We’re delighted to have helped flydubai achieve this historic project. We truly believe that eReader solutions are strategic for airlines to provide their passengers with relevant and engaging content, while benefiting from the noted advantages of digital content such as weight and cost reductions, compared to paper-based media onboard.”

Meanwhile, joining flydubai in the Maldives were representatives from Boeing, who delivered the airline’s latest 737-800 aircraft in December 2012.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with flydubai and their confidence in the Boeing 737. Thanks to its unparalleled operating efficiencies and unique Boeing Sky Interior cabin environment, the 737 is an important enabler of flydubai’s business model, which is based on affordable fares and a superior onboard experience,” said Kent Craver, Regional Director for Passenger Satisfaction and Revenue, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“It is the confidence that flydubai and other airlines around the world have in this airplane that made 2012 a record year for the 737 programme which accumulated 1,124 net orders, the most any Boeing model has had in a single year. We look forward to continuing our relationship with flydubai as it rapidly expands its fleet and its network.”

flydubai now flies five times a week to the Maldives, a nation consisting of twenty-six atolls and 1,190 coral islands. The country is particularly popular with tourists from Russia, CIS and the GCC, who are attracted by the lush white sandy beaches, serene turquoise lagoons and richly colourful coral reefs that are renowned the world over for their bio-diversity and radiant flora and fauna.

Gerald Lawless, President and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: “We congratulate the flydubai team on opening up the new route to the Maldives.

This will allow many more people to experience the exotic beauty of this remarkable nation, where we are proud to run two of the most beautiful luxury hotels: Jumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi. We also appreciate the significant contribution flydubai makes to the growth of tourism in Dubai and the region.”

flydubai’s network now spans more than 50 destinations in 32 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia, the CIS and Central & Eastern Europe.

Flight Details

Flights to Malé operate five times a week.

· Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: FZ561 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 1855, landing in Malé International Airport (Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) at 0040. The return flights leave on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with FZ562 departing at 0140hrs and arriving in Dubai at 0540hrs local time.

· Saturdays and Sundays: FZ561 is scheduled to depart Dubai at 0030hrs, landing in Malé at 0615hrs local time. The return flight, FZ562, departs on the same day at 0855hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1255hrs local time.

Return fares from Dubai to Malé start at AED 1,730 (US$470). All fares are inclusive of all taxes plus one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7 kg and one small laptop bag or handbag. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 for 20 kg. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100. Once on board, passengers can choose from a range of optional extras, including in-flight entertainment packages priced from AED 10 or select from the varied menu of refreshments and Duty Free items.

Flights between Dubai and Malé can be purchased from flydubai’s website (flydubai.com),its Call Centre in the UAE (+9714 231 1000), as well as through travel partners and flydubai Travel Shops in the UAE and Malé (+960 334 5000). Further information and details of the carrier’s car rental and travel insurance services can also be found on flydubai.com.

 

17.01.13 | American Airlines debuts new logo and livery on Boeing 777-300ER

It’s a new year and a fresh new look for American Airlines as the company today unveils a new logo and exterior for its planes, including the already delivered Flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft set to fly on Jan. 31.

In addition, American plans to continue taking delivery of new planes this year as part of its historic orders for 550 new aircraft.

The unveiling of the new logo and livery is the latest step forward in American’s ongoing journey toward building a more modern travel experience for its customers.

“Since placing our landmark aircraft order in July of 2011, we’ve been building anticipation toward a moment in time when the outside of our aircraft reflects the progress we’ve made to modernize our airline on the inside,” said Tom Horton, American’s Chairman and CEO.

“While we complete the evaluation of whether a merger can build on American’s strengths, we remain steadfast in each step we take to renew our airline, a step we take with great respect for our name American. Today marks important progress in that journey as we unveil a new and updated look for the first time in more than 40 years.”

American is preparing to take delivery of hundreds of new, lighter aircraft featuring composite materials that must be painted.

Since the polished metal look was no longer an option, the importance of the paint selection became critical to honoring American’s silver bird legacy.

Silver mica paint was chosen as a way to maintain the silver heritage which American’s people and customers are passionate about, yet progress ahead with a clean new look.

“Our new logo and livery are designed to reflect the passion for progress and the soaring spirit, which is uniquely American,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“Our core colors — red, white and blue – have been updated to reflect a more vibrant and welcoming spirit. The new tail, with stripes flying proudly, is a bold reflection of American’s origin and name. And our new flight symbol, an updated eagle, incorporates the many icons that people have come to associate with American, including the ‘A’ and the star.”

Since entering the restructuring process, American has made a series of strategic investments designed to place customers at the center of all it does and give employees the tools, training and leading technologies they need to provide customers with a uniquely American experience, while also creating growth and opportunity for its people.

Today’s news is a reminder that while there are still significant decisions that need to be made about the future of the company, American remains focused on continuing the forward movement of the many investments that have been announced in the past year, including:

· Industry’s Most Modern Fleet: This year, American will take delivery of nearly 60 new aircraft, including the new Boeing 777-300ER which will enter into service on Jan. 31. In July, American will begin taking delivery of Airbus aircraft made of lighter, more fuel efficient composite materials, which must be painted. The airline continues investments to offer state-of-the-art inflight Wi-Fi, in-seat entertainment, universal AC power outlets at every seat, and Main Cabin Extra seating on all mainline aircraft. In addition, American has plans to offer fully lie-flat premium class seats on all of the airline’s widebody aircraft and transcontinental fleet.

· Expanded International Service: American strengthens its network this year with expanded service to more destinations worldwide, including more international and domestic routes from Dallas/Fort Worth, more European and domestic service from Chicago O’Hare, new service to Europe from New York, and new service from Miami to Latin America and the Caribbean. This year, American also will begin the following international services: Dallas/Fort Worth ─ Seoul, South Korea; Dallas/Fort Worth ─ Lima, Peru; Dallas/Fort Worth – Bogota, Colombia; Chicago O’Hare ─ Dusseldorf, Germany; New York JFK ─ Dublin, Ireland; Miami – Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Miami – Fort-de-France, Martinique; Miami – Curitiba, Brazil; and Miami – Porto Alegre, Brazil.

· Information in an Instant: The airline announced plans to supply flight attendants, pilots, and maintenance workers with their own tablet devices, designed to give them real-time information and better operational insights to do their job more efficiently. Beginning next month, employees will also be equipped with new technologies at the airport designed to make the travel experience easier and more convenient.

· Top-Notch Onboard Experience: Earlier this month, the airline rolled out new enhancements in premium class cabins on international routes, including elegant new china, more menu choices, and a more personalized service similar to a restaurant. In addition, American will expand the availability of Samsung Galaxy tablets for entertainment use in the premium cabins to more routes later this year.

American Eagle and the AAdvantage® program also will get a new look as of today.

The first American Eagle plane will fly the new livery beginning in February. Updating the new look across American’s network is a long process and will be rolled out over time to the airline’s airports, interiors and exteriors of aircraft, new uniforms, products and services, and technology platforms like AA.com and the American mobile apps.

American’s new look was created with input from our customers and our people, and in partnership with FutureBrand – a leading global brand consultancy. In addition, American today launches a new advertising campaign designed to showcase the new look. The advertising campaign was developed with agency partner McCann Worldgroup.

For more information on American’s new look, and to keep up with progress as the brand rollout continues, visit aa.com/newamerican.

 

17.01.13 | Airbus boosts revenue potential of A321neo with new cabin options – Adds more seats, reduces seat mile costs by five percent

Airbus is offering airlines brand new options for configuring the generous floor space offered by the A321neo. These allow more flexibility and thus increase the number of seats at the same comfort standard. In addition, the maximum exit limit is raised beyond 220 seats. These new cabin options capitalize on recent innovations in cabin monuments and seat design which allow airlines more efficient use of cabin space without compromising passenger comfort. The new cabin options will enter into service in the second half of 2017.

The first new option consists of an additional over-wing exit door which raises the current maximum exit limit so operators can make even more use of the available cabin floor space. When this new option is combined with the Space-Flex aft cabin configuration, the A321neo can accommodate up to 236 seats, 16 seats more than today’s maximum seating, which leads to a reduction in seat mile costs of five percent.

In conjunction with the additional over-wing exit door, a second new option is available whereby the forward exit is de-activated. This creates a seamless, undivided forward cabin allowing additional seats and even more flexibility in multi-class seat arrangements. This option will be of particular use in longer range markets where high comfort standards are needed in Premium class.

The A320 Family offers the widest cross section in the single aisle aircraft market with the Airbus standard 18 inch wide seat in economy class.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tons of C02 per aircraft per year. With more than 1,700 firm orders since its launch in December 2010, the A320neo Family has proven to be the fastest selling commercial aircraft programme ever.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, more than 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,800 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

 

17.01.13 | Davies & Robson helps Jet2.com get groundbreaking chip and pin system off the ground

jet2 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013In partnership with leading leisure airline, Jet2.com, Davies & Robson has project managed the successful implementation of the very first off-line, end-to-end encrypted and fully PCI DSS-compliant mobile Chip and PIN solution for all in-flight retail transactions.

Crowned Best Short Haul Airline at the coveted Globe Travel Awards 2012, Jet2.com is a subsidiary of the Dart Group PLC, an aviation services and distribution group. Jet2.com is committed to offering unbeatable customer service, great value fares and is well known for introducing innovation to the industry.

Operating scheduled flights to over 50 sun, city and ski destinations from eight airports in the UK, Jet2.com offers customers a wide range of in-flight options that include meals, snacks and drinks, entertainment and the onboard Love2Shop catalogue, retailing fragrances, skincare, cosmetics, gadgets and toys.

The implementation of Chip and PIN was the second phase of a project between Jet2.com, POS software developer, Novo IVC and POS terminal and payment service provider, Ingenico to enhance the security of on-board transactions, improve the efficiency of in-flight service and provide high quality management information which will allow Jet2.com to continue to improve the range of products and services available to passengers.

Phase one – also project managed by Davies & Robson – involved the launch of cutting edge PayPDA POS handheld computers on-board all aircraft.

With the changeover to the new system overlapping the start of the summer flight schedule, there could be no disruption to in-flight customer service or ground-based operations.

Davies & Robson was therefore appointed to project manage Jet2.com implementation tasks along with the third party tasks and timescales and, above all, to ensure that the project delivered against Jet2.com’s operational requirements.

Tim Hemsley, Project Sponsor and Dart Group Head of IT said: “As long-term consultancy service providers to the Dart Group, Davies & Robson combined comprehensive understanding of Jet2.com’s operation with careful project, risk and issue management. The result of this client-centred approach was a seamless transition to the new POS handheld computers, subsequently enabling Jet2.com to become the first UK leisure airline to introduce secure Chip and PIN payment functionality for in-flight sales.”

During 2013, Davies & Robson will also work with Jet2.com to upgrade the airline’s back office systems to support further supply chain improvements.

Davies & Robson offers a highly specialised IT project management service with a strong operational bias to ensure that all parties approach new technology implementations with a proper understanding of the client’s operational requirements.

About Davies & Robson

With more than 85 years experience, Northamptonshire-based Davies & Robson specialises in all aspects of supply chain management, working with domestic and international businesses across a range of industry sectors.

The company provides a complete range of services including supply chain and logistics strategy, warehouse design and efficiency, transport strategy and optimisation, outsourcing and contractor management, benchmarking, process improvement and information technology application. Davies & Robson also offers interim management and executive recruitment services, providing high quality supply chain and logistics managers to clients in a wide range of industries.

Davies & Robson is, or has been, involved in major projects with customers including Antalis, Bacardi, Casio, Eat Café, ghd, The Highways Agency, Hyundai, Maersk, NHS Logistics Authority, Norbert Dentressangle, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Samsung, Tate & Lyle, Toyota, Wavin and Wickes.

About Jet2.com

Jet2.com has eight Northern bases, serving: 45 city, sun and ski destinations from Leeds Bradford International; 36 from Manchester; 28 from Newcastle; 23 from East Midlands; 15 from Belfast International; 16 from Edinburgh; 11 from Blackpool and 19 from Glasgow.

Jet2.com has scooped a number of other prestigious awards including: Group Travel Awards 2012 – Best Airline for Groups, Globe Travel Awards 2012 – Best Short Haul Airline, Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) Awards 2011 – Best Low-cost Airline, Telegraph Travel Awards 2011 – Runner Up Best Short Haul Airline, 2010 British Travel Awards for Best Trade Booking Website (Flights) – Bronze Award.
It was also named Best Airline for Mainline Spain, Balearics and the Canaries by Which?

Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group plc, aviation services and distribution group, which has 30 years’ commercial aviation experience.

 

17.01.13 | AeroMobile calls in Rooster PR

Inflight mobile communications specialist appoints leading travel and lifestyle agency

AeroMobile has appointed leading travel and lifestyle PR agency, Rooster PR to implement a wide-ranging communications and social media campaign in 2013.

Established in 2006, AeroMobile provides world class, proven, technology and services that allow the safe use of passenger’s own mobile phones and GSM-enabled devices in the air. Using the AeroMobile network, passengers can stay connected at 30,000 feet through texts, emails, social media and voice calls.

The inflight telecoms specialist has appointed Rooster to develop and run a comprehensive campaign which includes corporate profiling in the aviation, travel and telco sectors and a consumer push to encourage more people to use their smartphones and tablets inflight.

Rooster will position Aeromobile as the voice of inflight connectivity and will work to counter negative perceptions surrounding the use of mobile devices onboard aircraft. The agency will also implement a full social media campaign for AeroMobile, beginning with a Twitter presence to support the company’s B2B activity.

“At AeroMobile we have seen accelerated growth over the last 12 months, as more and more consumers want to use their smartphones in the sky. We’re delighted to have Rooster on board as we step up our activity in the UK and we look forward to announcing more airline and operator partners over the coming months,” says Kevin Rogers, Head of Revenue Development at AeroMobile.

Rooster’s Managing Director, James Brooke, says: “AeroMobile is at the forefront of an exciting industry and we’re delighted to be working with the team in the UK. We live in an increasingly connected world and consumers expect to be able to use their smartphones whenever, wherever. AeroMobile is set to make inflight connectivity the norm.”

The AeroMobile service is currently in operation with Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysian Airlines, Transaero, Gulf Air, Etihad and SAS, and will launch shortly with Lufthansa. Other airlines committed to the service include Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Aer Lingus, Lion Air, KLM, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
About AeroMobile
AeroMobile Communications Limited is a UK-based GSM service provider for the aviation industry. AeroMobile provides world class, proven, technology and services that enable airline passengers to use their own mobile phones for voice, texting and mobile data whilst inflight.

As part of the Panasonic Group’s Global Communication Suite, AeroMobile’s services are available for installation either at the point of aircraft manufacture (line fit) or on aircraft in service (retrofit) across both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

Since 2008, over 14 million passengers have connected to the AeroMobile network inflight.

Today passengers can use AeroMobile services onboard selected Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Malaysia Airlines, SAS, Transaero & Virgin Atlantic flights.

 

17.01.13 | DMD Phantom launches online games catalogue for iPad IFE

Content service specialist DMD Phantom continues to innovate its digital IFE proposition with a new games and apps catalogue on its website dmdphantom.com.

The dynamic catalogue launches with over 20 superb titles and will grow as new games are cleared and customised for airline play. Most listings also link to a game-play demo clip on YouTube.

Plans are underway to add a range of non-gaming apps too, and expand the range for Android and other portable platforms.

As a founding content partner of Bluebox Avionics, DMD Phantom has pioneered the provision of advanced touchscreen games for airline tablet solutions. Its range of iOS games are proven retail sellers, pre-selected for a diverse audience of experts and novices, young and old. Easy to learn and to use, they’re the perfect way to let passengers play the long cabin hours away.

All games advertised are specially adapted for use inflight, with redundant features removed, and all are fully licensed for use within Bluebox Ai on Apple iPad.

“While these games are optimized first for Bluebox Ai, we also welcome interest from any airline running or planning an iPad or iPad mini service onboard”, says DMD Phantom’s creative director Stuart McGeachin. “We’re happy to lend our industry knowledge to help resolve any issues they might anticipate – technical or commercial.”

Browse the new catalogue online, visit www.dmdphantom.com.

 

17.01.13 | TDI Power Hires Joe DeLuca as VP Marketing & Sales

Joseph DeLuca has joined TDI Power as Vice President Marketing and Sales for worldwide operations. In his new role Joe will be responsible for establishing marketing and sales programs targeted at TDI Power’s key market segments.

“The TDI Executive Management Team has full confidence in Joe’s experience, breadth of industry knowledge, judgment, and leadership style. He is the right individual to help lead TDI Power’s ongoing penetration into several key markets,” notes Jim Feely, President and CEO.

Joe DeLuca has held senior strategic marketing, sales and development leadership positions in the power, telecommunications and aerospace industries. Most recently Joe led the definition, development and launch of Petra Solar’s smart energy solutions, including the industry’s first smart grid connected utility grade solar systems. He has also held positions at Conexant and Lockheed Martin. Joe holds a BSEE degree from Drexel University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

TDI Power is a global manufacturer of Power Systems Solutions for the Industrial, Vehicular, Military/Aerospace, and Medical markets. We have a broad range of high technology power conversion products including DC and AC Power Systems, Power Supplies, Rectifiers, Converters and accessory equipment.

Established in 1960, TDI is headquartered in New Jersey, USA, has over 600 employees and three facilities located throughout the world.

 

17.01.13 | LAN STATEMENT: LAN to temporarily suspend 787 operations and replace with other aircraft in its fleet

In compliance with the recommendation of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) and in coordination with the Chilean Aeronautical Authority (DGAC), LAN announces that it will temporarily suspend the operation of its three Boeing 787 aircraft.

Flights that were scheduled to be operated by the 787 will be temporarily replaced with other aircraft in our fleet to mitigate any potential impacts that this situation could cause to its passengers and cargo clients. The safety of the operation and its passengers is LAN’s top priority and the company regrets any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

17.01.13 | Boeing Statement on Federal Aviation Administration 787 Action

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued the following statement today after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations and recommends other regulatory agencies to follow suit:

“The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.

“Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible. The company is working around the clock with its customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist.

“We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity.  We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the traveling public of the 787′s safety and to return the airplanes to service.

“Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and the inconvenience to them and their passengers.”

 

17.01.13 | QANTAS welcomes interim authorisation for Emirates Partnership

Qantas has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decision to grant interim authorisation for the proposed Qantas and Emirates partnership.

The partnership still remains subject to final authorisation from the ACCC, a decision which is expected in March.

Chief Executive Officer of the Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, said interim authorisation would enable the two airlines to coordinate more closely and would also enable customers to book travel on most parts of the combined Qantas and Emirates network.

“This decision means we can determine pricing, capacity and scheduling with Emirates, in addition to the more logistical aspects of the partnership that we have been working through already,” said Mr Joyce.

“For consumers, interim authorisation means we can provide details on fares and allow people to book one stop destinations on most parts of the combined Emirates and Qantas network.”

Today’s decision includes a condition that Qantas and Emirates not yet coordinate on services between Australia and New Zealand, reflecting the fact that New Zealand law does not provide for interim authorisation.

Fares on the combined network, which would be for travel from April 2013, are expected to be available in coming weeks once discussions on pricing have taken place. These services remain subject to regulatory approval.

Mr Joyce said part of selling the Emirates and Qantas network would include marketing of Australian regional destinations to a wider international audience.

“Through this partnership and with interim authorisation, Emirates will now be able to market Qantas destinations like Hobart and the Gold Coast to their customers, which is a real benefit for Australian tourism,” he added.

Prior to receiving interim authorisation, coordination between Qantas and Emirates has focused on aspects of the partnership that do not require ACCC approval, including integrating IT systems, determining frequent flyer benefits and establishing an operational base for Qantas in Dubai.

 

16.01.13 | LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for December 2012

LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline group in Latin America, today reported preliminary monthly traffic statistics for December 2012 compared to December 2011.

System passenger traffic increased 10.0% as capacity rose 7.4%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 1.8 points to 78.2%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 50% of the month’s total passenger traffic.

Domestic passenger traffic in LATAM Airlines Group’s Spanish speaking operations (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) rose 10.6%, as capacity increased 11.6%. As a consequence, the domestic passenger load factor decreased 0.7 points to 78.1%.

Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil rose 10.5%, as capacity decreased 3.7%. As a consequence, the domestic Brazil passenger load factor increased 10.5 points to 81.9%.

International passenger traffic rose 9.6%, while capacity increased 15.0%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month decreased 3.7 points to 75.7%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.

Cargo traffic for LATAM Airlines Group increased 3.1% as capacity increased 5.5%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor decreased 1.4 points to 61.3%. The increase in traffic was driven by a stronger seasonal demand as compared to December 2011, which was partially offset by weaker imports into Latin America.

 

16.01.13 | JetBlue Expands Service to Costa Rica with New Fort Lauderdale to San Jose Flights

JetBlue Airways announced today plans to add daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, effective June 27, 2013 (a). Flights are available today at www.jetblue.com/new for as low as $129 one way from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for travel between June 27 and August 8, 2013. Blackout dates apply (b).

The Costa Rican Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, joined JetBlue officials in making this announcement earlier today in a press conference at the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) in San Jose.

At the press conference in Costa Rica, Jeff Goodell, JetBlue’s Vice President of Government Affairs, commented: “As the Costa Rican community discovers JetBlue, complete with its ample legroom, free movies on the back of every seat, free snacks and beverages, as well as prized service, we’ve been able to grow and continue our solid trajectory in the country. Thanks to this we’re proud today to add the third JetBlue route in Costa Rica.”

“We begin the new year with this important piece of news which reiterates our clear airline attraction policy, which we’ve pushed hard, focusing our efforts in getting closer to the main tourism outbound markets. This new offer on JetBlue’s behalf materializes the negotiations done to Costa Rica’s benefit,” added Tourism Minister Allan Flores.

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet and award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (c); complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; free first-run movies on seatback televisions (d); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (e).

 

16.01.13 | United breaks ground on new widebody aircraft hangar

United Airlines this week broke ground on a new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The airline, which is investing more than $25 million in the 90,000 square foot facility, expects to complete construction by year end.

“United is committed to the city of Newark, the state of New Jersey and the region,” said Kate Gebo, vice president of corporate real estate.

“Construction of this new widebody hangar in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey underscores that commitment and our investment in reliability and service.”

Economic development officials estimate the project will drive more than 200 construction jobs, $12 million in wages and $52 million in regional economic activity.

“This state-of-the-art facility will be the workplace for more than 700 United aviation maintenance technicians,” said Joe Ferreira, vice president of line maintenance.

“From this hangar, they will work together to ensure the safety and reliability of United’s fleet and the comfort and convenience of our customers.”

With more than 400 daily departures from Newark Liberty International Airport to more than 130 airports, United and United Express offer more flights from New York/Newark to more cities around the world than any other airline.

Approximately 13,000 United employees are based at the airline’s Newark hub.

In October 2012, United broke ground on a 125,000 square foot maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The airline announced this month that it is also investing more than $50 million to renovate many of its United Club airport lounges.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra- legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America.

United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.

United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022.

In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years.

United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines.

More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

 

16.01.13 | APEX/CEA-hosted Panel Addresses U.S. Regulations and Inflight Electronics
Panelists from Amazon.com and Other Airline Industry Interests Make Case for Easing Restrictions on Inflight Electronics, Cite Passenger Convenience and Regional Disadvantages

U.S. airlines and vendor companies could benefit from easing government restrictions on use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) inflight – rules that affect both local airlines and international carriers traveling within the United States – a panel of industry experts said.

The panel, representing various industry interests, met at the International CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, to pick apart a policy that has long restricted the use of PEDs on aircraft in the United States and is currently under review by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group.

More than 70 people attended the 10 January panel discussion, hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

A video of the presentation, “Taking Flight: New Approaches to the Use of Consumer Electronics on Airplanes,” can be found here.

Government regulations have been a hot topic in the airline industry in recent months as U.S. officials have begun to review existing policy to determine whether to make any changes with respect to PED use inflight. The panelists, as well as many audience members, largely favored the looser restrictions that exist in other regions in the world.

In many cases, it’s a matter of regulators keeping up with inevitable trends, said panelist Patrick Brannelly, vice president of Corporate Communications, Product, Publishing, Digital & Events at Emirates Airlines.

“It think it’s an absolute reality that people are going to have devices switched on in the future, and it’s going to happen more and more,” he said. “The kind of connected devices isn’t just phones; you may walk on the aircraft with four or five devices that are somehow attached, and it’s up to the industry quickly to ensure that regulation that is common sense is put in place.”

Panelist Paul Misener, vice president for Global Public Policy at Amazon.com, said Amazon customers recently were polled regarding FAA regulations. Results showed that flyers are frustrated and skeptical about suggestions that devices could interfere with airplane functions.

“They’ve been observing that other passengers – they never say themselves – but other passengers are keeping their PEDs on at all phases of flight,” he said. “And they’re rightfully wondering why planes aren’t coming down if this truly is a problem.”

The panel was moderated by Jonathan Norris, executive director, APEX Media Platform.
Other panelists included Pal Bjordal, president & CEO of AeroMobile; and Captain Derek Spicer, senior training captain.

For more information about APEX please visit www.apex.aero, or click herefor more information about CEA.

About APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and inflight dining.

 

16.01.13 | BOC Aviation orders Airbus 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 25 NEOs

BOC Aviation has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 25 NEOs, scheduled for delivery from the second half year of 2014 to end of 2019.

The order comprised A320 and A321 variants of both engine options i.e. CEOs and NEOs. BOC Aviation will make an announcement on the engine decision shortly.

BOC Aviation last placed an order for the A320ceo Family aircraft in 2010. This order for the A320neo Family aircraft will be its first for the new engine option.

As an investor in aircraft, the Company seeks fuel-efficient aircraft that have a wide operator base and this order will further contribute to its growth.

“Airbus’ popular A320 and A321 aircraft with the current engine option are outstanding aircraft for airlines focusing on operational efficiency who want to offer their passengers a superior short to medium haul travel experience,” said Robert Martin, BOC Aviation’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

“The A320neo Family order reinforces our commitment to be a key player in the leasing industry as we make the latest eco-efficient aircraft available to our customers.”

“The announcement from BOC Aviation is another vote of confidence in the long-term appeal of our popular A320 Family. It works well for the financial community thanks to its wide operator base, its proven excellent operating economics as well as strong residual values,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus.

“With this latest order for A320 Family aircraft, BOC Aviation is well placed to continue to build on its position as a top tier leasing company. ”

Including this latest purchase agreement, BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders for new Airbus aircraft reach a total of 187 (181 A320 Family and six A330 Family aircraft), of which 131 have already been placed with airlines.

BOC Aviation has also been growing its Airbus fleet through purchase and leaseback transactions with airlines.

To date, BOC Aviation has successfully placed Airbus aircraft with over 40 airlines worldwide.

BOC Aviation is the leading Asia-based aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 203 owned and managed aircraft operated by airlines worldwide and another 100 aircraft on firm order.

The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average owned aircraft age of less than four years.

BOC Aviation is 100% owned by Bank of China, one of the largest banks in the world.

BOC Aviation will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

 

16.01.13 | JAL Cargo Fuel Surcharge for the Month of February 2013

Japan Airlines (JAL) has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise down its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan from February 2013.

Since April 1, 2009, JAL started adjusting its cargo fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis by using the one-month average fuel price of Singapore kerosene of the month before last. As the average fuel price of Singapore kerosene for the month of December in 2012 was US$124.55 per barrel, the benchmark fuel price used for calculation of the fuel surcharge level will be within the range of US$120.00 to US$124.99 per barrel.

The international cargo fuel surcharge will therefore be 122 yen per kg on long-haul international routes, 99 yen per kg on medium-haul international routes, and 78 yen on short-haul routes.

For table, see http://www.jal.com/en/

 

15.01.13 | United Airlines launches satellite-based Wi-Fi internet connectivity on its first international widebody aircraft

United Airlines has introduced onboard satellite-based Wi-Fi internet connectivity on the first of its international widebody aircraft, becoming the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.

The aircraft, a Boeing 747 outfitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s Ku-band satellite technology, serves trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.

Additionally, United has outfitted Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircraft serving domestic routes, offering customers faster inflight Internet service than air-to-ground technology (ATG). The company expects to complete installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on 300 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.

“Satellite-based Wi-Fi service enables us to better serve our customers and offer them more of what they want in a global airline,” said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United. “With this new service, we continue to build the airline that customers want to fly.”

Customers have the choice of two speeds: Standard, priced initially between $3.99 and $14.99 depending on the duration of flight, and Accelerated, priced initially between $5.99 and $19.99 and offering faster download speeds than Standard.

United will install satellite-based Wi-Fi on Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft, and on Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Customers will be able to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with internet service using the in-flight hotspot.

United is upgrading its fleet with more than $550 million in additional onboard improvements, including:

• Offering the world’s largest fleet of aircraft with flat-bed seats, with more than 175 aircraft with 180-degree flat beds in premium cabins once the airline completes the installation in the second quarter.

• Expanding extra-legroom Economy Plus seating to provide the most such seating of any U.S. carrier.

• Revamping the transcontinental “p.s.” fleet of airplanes that fly between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco, offering an improved premium cabin with fully flat beds, Wi-Fi Internet service, and personal on-demand entertainment at every seat.

• Improving inflight entertainment options with streaming video content on the Boeing 747-400 fleet.

• Retrofitting overhead bins on 152 Airbus aircraft, allowing for significantly greater storage of carry-on baggage.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.

United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years.

United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines.

More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

 

15.01.13 | Etihad Airways to launch daily Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam flights

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch daily flights between the airline’s home-base of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

The new EY77 and EY78 services will begin on Wednesday 15 May 2013 and carry the KL code of Dutch national carrier, KLM.

The daily flights will complement KLM’s current service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi which will increase to daily from the Summer and carry Etihad Airways’ EY code, ensuring that the two airlines can offer a combined double daily service.

Speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam, James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways; and Peter Hartman, President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM, also disclosed details of the expansion of the codeshare agreement between the two airlines.

James Hogan said: “We are delighted that Amsterdam will become a part Etihad Airways’ global network from 15 May. The Dutch capital joins a group of 17 leading European cities that Etihad Airways flies to including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris.

“The double daily service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi will benefit passengers looking to travel from the Netherlands to Abu Dhabi and beyond to destinations like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia.

“This is indicative of Abu Dhabi’s growing importance as a global hub. In addition to Amsterdam, Etihad Airways will also launch flights to Sao Paulo, Washington D.C., and Ho Chi Minh City in 2013.”

Strong demand for the Etihad Airways service is anticipated from the Dutch community in the UAE which consists of more than 5,000 Dutch nationals and 300 Dutch companies. Bilateral trade between the Netherlands and UAE is currently valued at US$3.6 billion.

Etihad Airways will operate a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the new Amsterdam service, configured with 22 seats in Pearl Business class and 240 in Coral Economy class, offering each week a total of 3,668 seats between the two capital cities.

The codeshare expansion will see Etihad Airways placing its EY code on KLM flights to Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford, Madrid, Nice and Toronto. This adds to the current codeshare flights to Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo, and Stavanger.

In return, KLM will place its KL code on Etihad Airways flights to Baghdad, Basra, Calicut, Cochin, Dhaka, Erbil, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Peshawar, Seychelles and Trivandrum. This adds to the current codeshare flights to Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Peter Hartman said: “It is great news for KLM, Schiphol Airport and the Netherlands that Etihad Airways will launch its own daily service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi and that we have expanded the codeshare agreement and forged even closer ties between the two cities.

“KLM’s Abu Dhabi service has been very successful and it is welcoming news for air travellers that it will increase to daily and that we will also place our KL code on Etihad Airways new daily flights which will start on 15 May.”

Etihad Airways and strategic partner Air France-KLM unveiled plans to work together on codeshare routes, commercial development and cost synergies in October 2012. The agreement expanded the UAE flag carrier’s network to 337 destinations.

These new destinations are part of the airline’s 10-year network growth plan which will see Etihad Airways fly to more than 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2020.

Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi-Amsterdam flight schedule:

flight numberRoutedeparture / arrival time
EY 077Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam0930 – 1340
EY 078Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi2200 – 0635* (next day arrival)

 

15.01.13 | Michelin-starred Chef Michel Roth previews his gourmet creations on board an Air France flight

Michelin-starred Chef Michel Roth previews his gourmet creations on board an Air France flight

• On Monday 14 January 2013, Michel Roth will exclusively preview his new gourmet creations for the Business class cabin on board a Paris-Montreal flight

• Starting from 1st February 2013, on all long-haul flights departing from Paris, the Michelin starred Chef will offer six new dishes

To mark the launch of the new dishes signed by Michel Roth, on 1st February 2013, the Michelin-starred Chef today offers Business customers a preview of his gourmet creations on board an Air France flight to Montreal.

During this flight, they will be able to exclusively discover four dishes prepared by Michel Roth and two Servair chefs: Michel Quissac and Roger Passet.

The three chefs will reply to passengers’ questions and share their passion with a view to making this in-flight gourmet experience an exceptional interlude.

The in-flight menu comprises:

• Veal simmered with verbena, vegetable fricassee

• Glazed duckling with rare peppercorns and citrus honey, caramelized mango and pineapple, vegetable bâtonnets

• Pollock fish, mussel broth with Menton cured lemon zest, simmered vegetables

• Shrimp and squid with tarragon lobster sauce, red rice and baby spinach

With menus featuring dishes signed by renowned Chefs, Air France intends to surprise its customers and promote its role of ambassador of fine cuisine and art of French hospitality.

As from 1st February and for a period of 8 months, Air France’s Business class customers will be able to enjoy one of the six dishes signed by Michel Roth for Air France.

This dish, one of the four main dishes on the menu, will be renewed twice a month for the pleasure of frequent travellers.

Originally from Lorraine, Michel Roth worked at the best restaurants in France, finally stopping at the Ritz, where he earned his second Michelin star as head chef of the restaurant “L’Espadon”. In 1991, he won the “Bocuse d’Or” award and the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.

Michel Roth’s cuisine, a mixture of authenticity, simplicity and humanity, has its roots in local French produce, where the authentic taste of French cuisine is respected.

This rigor and creativity are shared and passed on to the Servair Chefs who make the dishes created by Michel Roth for Air France passengers.

As part of its Transform 2015 plan, Air France places customer satisfaction at the heart of its strategy and is developing initiatives geared to providing exceptional service.

The Company is therefore inviting its customers to discover a unique gourmet experience in its Business class cabin and offers dishes signed by renowned French chefs on the menus on board long-haul flights departing from Paris.

After Joël Robuchon and Guy Martin, Michel Roth is taking over as the next ambassador of fine French cuisine.

 

15.01.13 | Golden Myanmar Airlines relies on navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems – Pilots benefit from clear layout and high legibility

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Golden Myanmar Airlines, which commenced operations at the start of this year, will be using the navigation charts provided by its Lido/RouteManual solution. The two companies signed a five-year contract to this effect.

The Lufthansa Systems navigation charts are generated directly from the company’s Lido navigation database, which is a unique source for worldwide aeronautical and topographical data. The charts display true-to-scale geographic information such as terrain features and rivers. They also include airport taxiway charts, approach and take-off charts, and a seamless worldwide route chart. The navigation charts’ clear color-coding and self-explanatory symbols support visual thinking.

“The excellent quality and great user-friendliness of the navigation charts were the main reasons for our decision in favor of Lido/RouteManual. Being a young start-up airline, it was especially important to us to provide our pilots with the best information possible in a clear and comprehensible layout right from the very start,” said Captain Gilbert Randle, Chief Pilot of Golden Myanmar Airlines.

“Our agreement with Golden Myanmar Airlines represents our first step into a new market in Asia/Pacific with excellent growth potential,” said Olivier Krüger, SVP Regional Management Asia/Pacific at Lufthansa Systems. “Our portfolio offers a wide range of IT solutions that cover all of an airline’s business processes and are designed to meet the diverse requirements of different airline business models. Smaller airlines such as Golden Myanmar Airlines in particular can benefit from this broad portfolio.”

Golden Myanmar Airlines commenced flight operations at the start of 2013. It currently operates two aircraft but plans to expand its fleet in both short haul and medium range after 2013.

About Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems provides consulting and IT services for selected industries and has a leading position in the global aviation industry. The wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group offers its customers the entire range of IT-services, including consulting, development and implementation of industry solutions as well as operations. At its headquarters in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt, Germany, the company operates one of the most modern data centers in Europe. Lufthansa Systems has offices in Germany and 16 other countries and employs about 3,000 people. In business year 2011, Lufthansa Systems recorded revenues of EUR 599 million.

 

15.01.13 | IFE Services becomes TAM Airlines’ new in-flight entertainment provider

Brazil’s leading airline will work closely with its new in-flight entertainment provider to create one of the very best IFE offerings in the industry.

IFE Services announced today that it is TAM Airlines’ new in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider.

From March 2013, IFE Services will provide Brazil’s leading airline with a broad selection of top Hollywood, classic and Latin American movies as well as popular TV programmes and great music. Passengers will be able to enjoy the content on the audio visual on-demand (AVOD) and overhead systems across TAM Airlines’ fleet of 162 aircraft.

The IFE will be available in English, Latin Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. In addition to acquiring and supplying all of the content, IFE Services will manage the airline’s entire digital encoding and AVOD management requirements.

In November 2012, IFE Services announced that LAN Airlines had re-selected it as its in-flight entertainment provider. This latest announcement confirms the company’s position as the number one IFE content service provider in Latin America.

“We are delighted to be selected as the IFE provider to TAM Airlines,” said Andy McEwan, CEO of IFE Services. “The TAM brand is synonymous with service excellence and we cannot wait to get started on enhancing their IFE offering even further to make their passenger experience one of the very best in the world.”

For more information about TAM Airlines visit: www.tam.com.br
For more information about IFE Services visit: www.ifeservices.com

About IFE Services
IFE Services is a leading provider of in-flight entertainment solutions to the airline industry. Its focus on quality and innovation is supported by a strong commitment to customer service and investment in the latest systems and technologies.
IFE Services supplies a full range of services to enable its clients to provide a first class entertainment experience to passengers. They include movies, TV programmes, audio, games, apps, safety and destination films, portable entertainment systems, onboard publications and AVOD technical support and management.

IFE Services works with a broad client-base worldwide of over 50 airlines and cruise ship operators. The company’s headquarters are in Cheshire, UK with regional offices located in Madrid, Singapore, Santiago, Johannesburg and Irvine, California.

IFE Services is a privately owned company and part of the Travel Entertainment Group.

About TAM Airlines
TAM Airlines (www.tamairlines.com) operates direct flights to 42 destinations in Brazil and 18 cities in Latin America, the United States and Europe. Through agreements with companies in Brazil and abroad, TAM’s network encompasses a further 50 airports in Brazil and 92 international destinations, including Asia.

The company was founded in 1976 with a promise to its passengers to offer a high quality service at competitive prices. TAM has established itself as Brazil’s leading airline, with a domestic market share of 41.1% in October. TAM is also the country’s leading carrier among Brazilian airlines that operate international routes, with a 90.1% market share in October.
With the largest passenger aircraft fleet in Brazil (162 planes), TAM offers customer service manifested by its ‘Spirit to Serve’ initiative that seeks to make air travel more accessible to the general public. TAM was the first Brazilian airline to offer a loyalty program, TAM Fidelidade, which today has 10 million members, has already issued more than 20 million tickets in exchange for points and is part of the Multiplus network.

TAM is a full member of the Star Alliance, with its network of over 1,356 destinations across 193 countries. Since June 27, 2012, the company is part of the holding LATAM Airlines Group S.A., a result of its association with LAN Airlines S.A. This merger has created one of the largest airline groups in the world with a route network that offers passenger flights to around 150 destinations in 22 countries, and cargo services to nearly 169 destinations in 27 countries. The group currently has a fleet of 320 aircraft.

 

14.01.13 | Airline Services provides Cyprus Airways with new enhanced definition IFE System

Passengers flying with Cyprus Airways on their Airbus A321 aircraft will benefit from watching IFE on a newly installed enhanced definition IFE system. Airline Services has replaced the “Head End” Tape Player on Cyprus Airways’ Airbus 321s and installed ASL’s newly manufactured digital video player- AeroStream XP1.

Cyprus Airways will see benefits as the AeroStream XP1 is a direct replacement, both in terms of functionality and physical size, and units can be changed extremely quickly – (on an over-night stop for example)-.

For on-going cost savings, the AeroStream XP1 Digital Media Player has few parts and can be easily maintained by airlines within their own approved repair shops.

“Airline Services enables airlines to upgrade their current IFE systems with replacement products such as the AeroStream XP1 and AeroScreen, quickly and inexpensively with minimum inconvenience,” said Dave Collins , Development Engineer. “The cost benefits are undeniable whilst still improving the passenger experience.”
Encrypted content updates are managed via a secure FTP data transfer interface, which is fully approved by all US Studios and distributors, including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros, Sony, Universal and Paramount for early window content.

Airline Services Group comprises five main divisions – Ramp Operations (de-icing, interior and exterior cleaning, carpet fitting, presentation and laundry at ten UK airports); Engineering and Workshop activities (EASA 145 repair and overhaul of seats, galley and IFE equipment, EASA 21J & G Design and Manufacture, refurbishment project management); IFE products and services including IFE On-Wing Support and manufacture of IFE equipment; Soft Furnishings specialises in design & manufacture of seat covers, curtains and related accessories; Rotable Component Support – Airline Services Components (ASC) – based at London-Gatwick specialises in the supply and management of rotable components including Wheels and Brakes on the basis of power by hour, exchange, loan, lease or sale agreements, as well as repair management.
For more information see www.airline-services.com

 

11.01.13 | PICTURE: New head of Austrian Technical Services appointed

Michael Delion 2 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Michael Delion is to take over as Head of Austrian Airlines Technical Services as of 1st February 2013.

The qualified aircraft mechanic and graduate engineer from the aviation and aerospace technology sector follows Burkard Wigger, who will be leaving the company at the end of January, as announced previously.

Michael Delion first started his career with Lufthansa in 1986 as a project engineer. In 1997 he switched to the production planning management and business management.

In 2002 he was appointed as manager of Asset Management Aircraft Equipment Supply, and since 2010 he has been Executive Director Operations of Ameco Beijing.

Based in the Chinese capital, this is a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa specialising in aircraft maintenance and repair, which has some 5,600 employees and uses over 200,000 m² of hangar space.

Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines, said: “In Michael Delion, we have been able to win a technician and top manager with an international format for Austrian Airlines. Our principle task will be to ensure the high standard and reliability of the Austrian Airlines Group in future, too, as well as seeking creative solutions for productivity increases.”

 

11.01.13 | Gogo to Install both Satellite and Air to Ground In-Flight Internet Solutions on American Airlines’ New A320 and 737 Aircraft

Gogo, a global leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, announced today that it will install two in-flight connectivity solutions on American Airlines’ new Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 deliveries: Ku-band satellite and Gogo’s next generation Air to Ground technology – ATG-4.

The dual systems will enable the aircraft to provide seamless in-flight internet service on domestic and international flights. Installations will occur as the new aircraft are delivered to American beginning in 2013.

“Installing the two systems helps ensure these aircraft will stay connected wherever they fly, whether they’re flying domestically or headed to an international destination” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “Gogo’s ability to deploy multiple connectivity solutions gives us the flexibility to install the right technology for each individual aircraft regardless of its mission. American’s decision to use both solutions is further acknowledgment of the significant advantages of the dual system for an enhanced customer experience.”

In addition to American’s new A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft, Gogo was previously selected to outfit existing MD-80 and Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft in American’s domestic fleet. Gogo service is currently available on more than 400 American aircraft.

About Gogo
Gogo is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using Gogo’s exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,700 commercial aircraft including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and nearly all of Delta’s regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.

Back on the ground, Gogo’s 500+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.

 

11.01.13 | United Airlines launches new baggage delivery service – offers customers the option to have checked bags delivered to their final destinations

United Airlines today launched a new baggage delivery option, enabling customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations – within 100 miles of their arrival airports – and skip baggage claim upon arrival. Baggage delivery by BagsVIP will initially be available to customers departing from any domestic airport and arriving in Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles and Orlando. The airline plans to expand the service to more than 190 domestic airports in the coming months.

“United’s new baggage delivery service offers an alternative for travelers who prefer the convenience of having their checked bags delivered directly to their homes, offices or hotels,” said Tom O’Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty. “Our customers have told us this type of option adds value to their travel experience.”

Standard rates for bag delivery within a 40-mile radius are as follows:

1 bag $29.95

2 bags $39.95

3-8 bags $49.95

Delivery is available up to a 100-mile radius for an additional charge that varies by distance. Delivery pricing is in addition to any standard checked-bag charges that might otherwise apply.

Customers can order the service directly from BagsVIP online, or by calling 1-877-847-0045.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.comor follow United on Twitterand Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

 

11.01.13 | Boeing Grows Composite Manufacturing Capability in Utah

Boeing has announced the purchase of a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9.

“The site we’ve chosen is an ideal location to add composite manufacturing capability focused on Boeing’s key business strategies,” said Ross R. Bogue, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication. “This new facility will provide a real competitive advantage in our supply chain by expanding our internal composite capabilities.”

The new site, located 20 miles from Boeing’s fabrication and assembly site in Salt Lake City, was purchased from Masco (NYSE: MAS). Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The close proximity of the two facilities will help improve the efficiency from component fabrication to assembly of the 787-9 horizontal stabilizer.

The composite component fabrication facility is expected to create approximately 100 new jobs. “Hiring will begin immediately,” said Craig Trewet, director of Boeing Salt Lake. “We’ll begin by hiring project managers and engineers and will then be filling production positions over the next several quarters.”

Boeing expects to refurbish the 850,000 square foot building to complement the company’s current operations in Salt Lake County. Sitts & Hill will design the space inside the building’s factory area. Design and construction are expected to take two years.

When finalized, the facility will provide the Boeing Salt Lake team with the flexibility to meet the demands of the highly competitive markets that Boeing serves. This further demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to the state of Utah and to the company’s current and future workforce.

“Boeing appreciates its continued relationship with the state of Utah and we are looking forward to creating a new partnership with the city of West Jordan,” Trewet said.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

 

11.01.13 | United Airlines awards $125,000 to employees for excellence in customer service

United Airlines today awarded $125,000 to employees across the company for excellence in customer service as part of the company’s Outperform Recognition Program. The company held a celebration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Launched in June 2012, the Outperform Recognition Program invites eligible customers who are MileagePlus® members to nominate eligible employees for service at the airport, on the phone, on a flight, or at any other point in their experience with United and United Express. Employees from all work groups, including pilots, flight attendants, ramp and customer service employees, may be nominated.

The airline randomly selected 16 winning employees from more than 9,000 customer nominations submitted during the first four-month nomination period of the program.

“We’re committed to recognizing and rewarding our co-workers when they do an excellent job for our customers. It’s our job to provide our customers with the best experience possible when they’re traveling with us,” said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and CEO of United.

“The more than 9,000 nominations customers submitted are all great examples of co-workers who make it their priority to deliver outstanding travel experiences every day.”

Jane Doucette, a Houston-based flight attendant of 18 years, won the Grand Prize of $50,000 in cash for service she provided to customer Jonipher Kwong of Honolulu during a flight to Los Angeles this past summer.

“I’m a big believer in recognizing people when they do great work. The more someone is recognized when they get it right, the better they’ll perform,” said Kwong. “Jane ‘outperformed’ during my flight from beginning to end – I felt the whole flight was all about me. She knew just how to personalize it.”

For submitting the winning Grand Prize nomination, the airline awarded Kwong with a voucher for two round-trip tickets valid for international travel to anywhere United flies. Other customers who submitted winning nominations received frequent flyer mileage awards.

The following employees also demonstrated outstanding customer service and received cash prizes:
• $25,000 to Carmen Madrigal, international sales employee from Monterrey, Mexico
• $10,000 to Lisa Mayo, United Express flight attendant from Denver
• $5,000 to Brian Ciampichini, customer service director from Albany
• $5,000 to Susan Harrington, reservations agent from Houston
• $5,000 to Sonia Stefanic, flight attendant from New York
• $2,500 to Renee Bergeson, customer care agent from Salt Lake City
• $2,500 to Michelle Guerriere, reservations agent from Houston
• $2,500 to Maria Homolova, customer service representative from Los Angeles
• $2,500 to Lavonda Moore, flight attendant from Los Angeles
• $2,500 to Kathryn Powers, reservations agent from Chicago
• $2,500 to Alessio Rodriguez, flight attendant from London
• $2,500 to Suzanne Ramos, customer care agent from Salt Lake City
• $2,500 to Tina Smith, customer service representative from Denver
• $2,500 to Maegan Thomas, United Express customer service supervisor from Arcata, Calif.
• $2,500 to Tricia Vecchio, customer service representative from Washington, D.C.
Below is a sample of comments that customers submitted about the winning employees:
• “Alessio is an angel. He was pleasant, smiling and made my flight from London fun. He is why I will fly United.”
• “Brian consistently makes travel smooth and effortless in Albany. I go out of my way to choose United because of him.”
• “Renee was absolutely wonderful in helping us with our flights to Europe. Diligent, mindful and responsive. A true gem!”
• “Tina got me a seat next to my wife and gave me the biggest laugh of the trip. A joy and blessing to my wife and I!”
• “I would like to recognize Michelle for her professional, helpful and friendly manner in resolving my ticketing issue.”

The current Outperform Recognition Program nomination period runs from Jan. 2 through March 31, 2013.

For more information on the program, including the Official Rules and eligibility requirements, customers can visit www.united.com/outperform. Customers can nominate employees using United’s mobile app, United.com, Unitedhub.com, as well as United’s Facebook page.

The Outperform Recognition Program builds on the airline’s additional employee reward and recognition programs, such as awarding cash payouts for meeting on-time performance goals. Employees can also win brand new cars for achieving perfect attendance.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra- legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

 

10.01.13 | PICTURE: 16-year-old Honolulu Student Wins ‘Paint-the-Plane’ Contest

hawaii paint 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Alaska Airlines announced today that Aaron Nee, 16, of Honolulu is the winner of the “Spirit of the Islands” Paint-the-Plane contest. His artwork will adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State. As the grand prize winner, Nee will also receive a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

Known for his artistic ability and interest in graphic design and athletics, Nee was informed by airline representatives that his design won the statewide contest during a surprise announcement today. The Kaiser High School junior is a nearly straight-A student and a decorated member of the school’s Air Force ROTC program.

Nee’s winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting how Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase “Spirit of the Islands.”

Nee said he plans to invest his $5,000 for college and will take his family to visit relatives in New York, where he hopes to see snow for the first time.

The judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs from more than 2,700 submissions created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The contest was sponsored by Alaska Airlines, the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

The public participated in an online vote of the three finalist designs. More than 7,000 votes were cast, with Nee’s submission receiving 4,013 votes. Izabela Hamilton, a 12th grader at Seabury Hall on the Island of Maui, placed second for her design featuring a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves and windswept mountain cliffs. Sophia Cleek, a sixth grader at Kapolei Middle School on the Island of Oahu, placed third for her design depicting a voyaging canoe sailing around the Islands. Hamilton and Cleek will each receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $1,000 scholarship.

“We’re thrilled with Aaron’s beautiful design depicting some of the most iconic features of the Aloha State and look forward to sharing his plane across our route network,” said Mark Bocchi, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of sales and community marketing. “We were awestruck by the creativity of all the designs that were submitted. We applaud Izabela and Sophia for their stunning artwork as well as the 10 honorable mentions whose designs stood out as the best from their grade level.”

The honorable mention winners were also announced today and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each. Many of these designs featured the Islands’ natural beauty, ocean and wildlife, and popular local activities such as surfing and canoe paddling. Other designs boasted Hawaii’s unique geography and many designs depicted King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810.

“The ‘Spirit of the Islands’ contest has been a wonderful partnership with Alaska Airlines and has provided a fantastic opportunity for some of the best student artists in our public schools to showcase their talents,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, Hawaii State Department of Education superintendent. “Congratulations to Aaron and the other student winners who have made us all proud.”

Honorable Mentions

Cody Mar
Ewa Beach, Oahu
Kindergarten
Holomua Elementary School

Madalyn Mattson
Waikoloa, Hawaii Island
Grade 1
Waikoloa Elementary School

Kaycee Hansberry
Honolulu
Grade 2
Salt Lake Elementary School

Kayla Kuahuia
Waipahu, Oahu
Grade 3
Aiea Elementary School

Yali Santillan Alvarez
Honolulu
Grade 4
Kahala Elementary School

Marina Garcia
Pearl City, Oahu
Grade 5
Lehua Elementary School

Tiana Hamamoto
Aiea, Oahu
Grade 7
Punahou School

Rebecca Lopez
Ewa Beach, Oahu
Grade 8
Ilima Intermediate School

Dillon Palalay-Valenzuela
Lihue, Kauai
Grade 9
Kauai High School

Xochitt Cornejo
Kailua, Oahu
Grade 10
La Pietra – Hawaii’s School for Girls

To view the top winning and honorable mention designs, visit www.alaskaair.com/hawaii.

The final design of the “Spirit of the Islands” will be unveiled during a special event at Honolulu International Airport later this year and the aircraft will fly to all cities throughout Alaska Airlines’ route network.

 

10.01.13 | PICTURE: Major boost for tourism as the Ellen DeGeneres Shows visits Australia

Ellen QF Michael RozmanWarner Bros 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Top-rating The Ellen DeGeneres Show will visit Australia in March in what is expected to deliver a major boost for local tourism.

The visit was announced by Ellen DeGeneres and Swisse Wellness Global Ambassador Nicole Kidman in an episode filmed today that will be watched by a global audience of more than 16 million people.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sponsored by Swisse Wellness for its global product launch, will film numerous segments around Melbourne and Sydney in March that will air in April to around 60 countries around the world.

Qantas has partnered with Swisse Wellness to support the initiative as part of the airline’s ongoing commitment to promoting Australia to the world.

During the in-studio announcement in Los Angeles, The Ellen DeGeneres Show audience each received a free return flight on Qantas between the United States and Australia.

These trips can be taken any time before the end of the year from New York, Dallas Fort Worth or Los Angeles to Sydney or Melbourne.

CEO of the Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, said helping to bring The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Australia was a fantastic opportunity to market the country to a massive worldwide audience.

“This is a great coup for Australian tourism,” said Mr Joyce.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of the top-rating shows in the United States and screens in several key source tourism markets, making it a great platform to profile what Australia has to offer as a holiday destination.

“Ellen is a household name and her unique brand of fun and optimism is a perfect match for the relaxed Australian culture.

“Qantas is thrilled to be able to provide its support to make this happen in partnership with another great Australian business, Swisse Wellness.

“We look forward to working with Swisse Wellness and the tourism sector in Victoria and New South Wales to help maximise worldwide exposure,” added Mr Joyce.

The United States is a key source market for visitors to Australia. The Ellen DeGeneres Show also screens in other key source markets including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan.

Today’s announcement tops off a week of promoting Australia to the United States.
On Wednesday, Qantas, with the support of Swisse Wellness, hosted its annual Spirit of Australia party in Los Angeles, which profiles Australian talent on the world stage.

 

10.01.13 | Lufthansa Group lifts traffic performance in 2012 with more effective capacity management

- All the airlines in the Lufthansa Group significantly improved utilization in 2012 through more effective and more flexible capacity management / Lufthansa, Germanwings, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried around 2.5 million more passengers than in the year-earlier term

More than 103 million passengers flew with airlines in the Lufthansa Group last year. In total, Lufthansa, Germanwings, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 2.5 million or 2.4 percent more passengers in the January to December term than in the previous year.

All the Group airlines profited from more flexible capacity management: While capacity overall rose by 0.6 percent, sales at the passenger airlines grew by 2.2 percent. The passenger load factor improved across the Group by 1.2 percent to an overall 78.8 percent.

Lufthansa German Airlines carried 74.7 million of the total passenger count, an increase year- on-year of 2.4 percent.

Passenger numbers rose on the previous year in the Middle East/Africa and Europe traffic regions.

The number of flights dipped by 1.3 percent. Lufthansa increased capacity by an overall 0.2 percent, largely by deploying larger aircraft.

The airline, simultaneously, sold more than the additionally available seat-kilometers. Revenue-seat kilometers rose by 1.3 percent so that the seat load factor improved by 0.8 percentage points to 78.1 percent.

SWISS carried 16.8 million passengers, an increase of three percent on the year-earlier figure.

The seat load factor rose by 1.3 percentage points to an industry high of 82.4 percent. A total of 11.5 million passengers opted for flights with Austrian Airlines, an increase year-on-year of 1.8 percent.

The airline improved its seat load factor against the prior year by 3.8 percentage points to 77.5 percent.

Volumes at Lufthansa Cargo fell as expected on weaker demand in 2012 to 1.7 million tons of transported cargo and mail. Tonnage year-on-year was down by 8.5 percent. Thanks to flexible capacity management, the cargo carrier subsidiary nevertheless maintained capacity utilization at a high level of 69.6 percent.

The Lufthansa Group’s financial results for the full year 2012 will be published on 14 March 2013 and will be available for download from 7.30 CET at ww.lufthansa.com/investorrelations.

About Lufthansa
One of the world’s largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 253 destinations in 103 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS – Vienna, Brussels and Zurich.

From its 21 North American gateways, Lufthansa— recently voted by Fortune as one of the five most admired airlines in the world— and its partners serve over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries.

An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technologically-advanced and fuel- efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400 and the 747-8, as well as the Airbus A330, A340 and A380.

Currently, Lufthansa has over 160 new aircraft worth about $22 billion on order. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft.

Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues its $105 million program earmarked for building new or upgrading existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network and will spend more than $3.6 billion in new onboard products and services by 2015. In 2010, Lufthansa re-launched its broadband wireless Internet service onboard, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com.

 

10.01.13 | Hawaiian #1 in November: 94.1% On-Time, Zero Cancellations

Hawaiian Airlines was nearly perfect during November in earning the top rankings for service reliability – on-time performance and fewest flight cancellations – as reported today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Hawaiian scored the DOT’s #1 ranking for punctuality with its flights arriving as scheduled 94.1 percent of the time throughout November.

Hawaiian complemented its industry-leading on-time performance with a record of zero flight cancellations out of 5,985 total flights to also top that category for November.

Hawaiian provides daily nonstop service to Hawai‘i from 11 gateway cities in North America – more cities than any other carrier – using Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft, making it the only carrier to offer wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all transpacific flights.

Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier is also the leading provider of air service between the islands of Hawai‘i.

 

10.01.13 | La compagnie aérienne Aircalin sera présente à la quinzième édition du Salon International de la Plongée du 11 au 13 janvier 2013 Stand D12

La compagnie aérienne néo-calédonienne Aircalin sera présente au Salon International de la Plongée du 11 au 13 janvier prochain sur le stand n° D12 de Nouvelle Calédonie Tourisme, aux Parcs des Expositions à la Porte de Versailles.

A cette occasion, les équipes commerciales de la compagnie accueilleront les professionnels du tourisme, spécialistes de la plongée et de la destination ainsi que le grand public.

Avantage pour les plongeurs ! Aircalin leur offre 10kg d’excédent bagages, sur présentation de leur carte.

En décembre dernier, Aircalin a accueilli dans sa flotte le dernier Airbus A330 dont l’intégralité des cabines a été rénovée:

- les sièges de la classe économique offrent désormais une meilleure inclinaison et les passagers ont davantage d’espace individuel.

- pour la classe Hibiscus (Affaires) les nouveaux sièges « lie flat » ergonomique avec une assise inclinable à 180° permettent de s’allonger totalement. Aircalin met également à disposition de tous les passagers un nouveau système de divertissement « à la demande ».

Son personnel porte de nouveaux uniformes, inspirés par les valeurs que la compagnie souhaite véhiculer : élégance et modernité. Il reprend les couleurs de la Nouvelle-Calédonie : Terre rouge, bleu marine et sable.

La compagnie néo-calédonienne dessert avec ses A330-200 et A320-200, au départ de Nouméa, plusieurs destinations dans le Pacifique: Japon, Corée, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Fidji, Tahiti, Vanuatu et Wallis-Futuna.

Au départ de France et d’Europe, Aircalin offre aux passagers la possibilité de relier Nouméa grâce à son partenariat établi, avec le groupe Air France/KLM.

La Nouvelle-Calédonie est également accessible en A380 avec Singapore Airlines via Singapour et avec Finnair, autre compagnie partenaire d’Aircalin qui offre aux passagers la possibilité de rejoindre les escales de Séoul et Osaka.

Pour toute information, les passagers peuvent contacter l’équipe commerciale d’Aircalin via le site internet: www.aircalin.com ou par téléphone au 01 78 09 08 07.

 

10.01.13 | Diehl takes over Thales share in Diehl Aircabin

The Diehl Group, Nürnberg, has agreed with Thales to take over their 49% interest in Diehl Aircabin GmbH, Laupheim. Thus, Diehl Aircabin is fully owned by Diehl.

The takeover results from the basic restructuring of Thales. At its annual meeting in May 2012, the company announced to restructure its portfolio and to sell its minority interest in Diehl Aircabin. This will not, however, affect the other joint ventures of Diehl and Thales, namely Diehl Aerospace and Junghans Microtec.

Diehl Aircabin’s operating business will remain unaffected.

Diehl Aerosystems, a corporate division of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG, combines all aviation activities of the Diehl Group. Diehl Aerosystems, with its business units Diehl Aerospace – a joint venture with Thales – as well as Diehl Aircabin, Diehl Comfort Modules and Diehl Service Modules, is a worldwide leading first-tier system supplier of avionics and cabin solutions for aircraft. The corporate division currently has approx. 3,500 employees. Among its customers are renowned aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Eurocopter and Embraer as well as airlines and other commercial and business aircraft operators.

 

10.01.13 | THAI Smile to become first A320 commercial operator to use Airbus’ Flight Hour Services

THAI Smile, a subsidiary of THAI Airways International Public Company Limited will become the first Airbus A320 commercial operator to benefit from Airbus’ Flight Hour Services Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) following a contract signed between THAI Airways International and Airbus.

The contract, which will run for 15 years, provides an extensive scope of A320 line replaceable units (LRUs) and spare parts availability, LRUs repairs, logistics services, tools availability, APU and nacelle services. An on-site Airbus team will assist in daily spares management ensuring THAI Smile’s aircraft technical dispatch.

This latest selection by THAI Airways International re-affirms its confidence in Airbus’ Flight Hour Services, less than a year after signing an FHS-TSP contract for its A380s. It also marks an important step in Airbus’ FHS strategy to enter in the single-aisle market. Airbus’ FHS now covers more than 100 aircraft with operators of A320, A330, A340 and A380 fleets.

Captain Montree Jumrieng, Executive Vice President of THAI Airways International Technical Department said: “With the experience and professional Flight Hour Services support already being demonstrated by Airbus on our A380 fleet, we are confident that this new Airbus FHS-TSP contract will likewise ensure that our A320 operations will run as smooth as silk.”

Didier Lux, EVP Customer Services at Airbus said: “We are delighted to see a major customer such as THAI Airways International extending the support of Airbus FHS to a new aircraft type in its fleet. This is a real endorsement which confirms operators’ satisfaction and value in having Airbus’ FHS-TSP support.”

THAI Smile is a new service by THAI Airways International with a fleet of all new Airbus A320 aircraft. The carrier operates on routes within Thailand and to selected international destinations, providing connections with THAI Airways International and Star Alliance member airlines. THAI Smile’s fleet will consist of 11 brand new Airbus A320-200 aircraft in an all-economy class configuration of 174 seats.

THAI Airways International Public Company Limited is a major airline in Asia and one of Airbus’ longest standing customers. The carrier already operates more than 50 Airbus aircraft across all Airbus’ families, including three A380s.

Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides an international network of customer support centres, training centres and spares’ stores. Airbus is an EADS company.

 

10.01.13 | Avolon increases initial NEO commitment by signing firm order for 20 – Becomes latest global lessor to include fuel efficient A320neo in their portfolio

Avolon, the international leasing company has confirmed an order for 20 A320neo aircraft in December 2012. This firm order is an increase on Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 A320neo aircraft announced in July 2012 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Avolon will make its engine selection at a later date.

“Our increased commitment to the NEO reflects the strong customer feedback we have received since our original announcement for 15 NEO aircraft in July 2012. Maintaining a forward order book of highly fuel-efficient, new generation aircraft is a natural complement to our extensive sale and leaseback and other financing capabilities and maintains our position as a premier, full-service aircraft lessor,” John Higgins, Avolon President and Chief Commercial Officer commented. “We are confident that our customers will be satisfied with the economic and environmental benefits the NEO promises to deliver.”

“When a dynamic lessor such as Avolon decides to order more of our aircraft than originally planned, it’s a clear recognition of the excellent value our products deliver,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are confident that the A320neo Family, which offers the best economics of any single aisle aircraft, will be the backbone of leasing companies’ portfolios for the years to come.”

The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6, and this aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.

Close to 8,900 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.

 

10.01.13 | OnBoard International is expanding

To meet with its growth plans, OnBoard International (OBI) the only IFE service provider in the Middle East region with its head quarter based in Dubai, UAE and with an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that they have extended their presence by establishing a new office in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.

Eyas Ziadah, M.D of OBI commented: “The step was essential to be closer to our Airlines clients (Saudia, Nas Air, Alpha star) and to meet the demand of our Advertising clients and their Media Buying Units and Creative agencies.”

Rabie Rifai, Director-Media Sales, KSA, commented: “Major advertisers and their agencies are based in the capital city and we are excited to do such a step to serve them better and to better utilize the effective Inflight media platforms of our client, Saudia, for whom we are handling advertising sales, successfully, for more than 10 years.”

OBI was established in London, UK, back in 1999 and decided to move their HQ to Dubai, UAE in 2003. OBI is the only IFE service provider, ISO certified, that offer full fledged IFE services under one roof in the region. OBI also has a track record in selling advertising space on Onboard Media.

 

10.01.13 | Austrian wants to bring more Personal Travellers on Board with “myHoliday”

· New design and new offers for personal travellers with Austrian myHoliday under the umbrella brand Austrian

· Austrian myHoliday should become the leisure time brand for the Austrians and attract an additional 150,000 passengers

· New in the flight programme: Palma, Palermo and Chios

Austrian Airlines is entering the personal travel segment effective immediately with a new branding and design: under the brand Austrian myHoliday individual private trips for different travel occasions can be booked in the future.

There is a suitable offering to fit everyone. For example, City Breaks will be available for Singles, Beach Holidays for families and Luxury Holidays for the young at heart.

Austrian Airlines also plans its own golf and ski trips, shopping trips, romantic breaks, spa holidays, adventure holidays, event breaks, all-inclusive holidays and winter sun holidays.

Austrian myHoliday will be offered at competitive prices and should also reach the smart-buyers.

Austrian myHoliday stands for an optimal price-performance ratio, excellent service with Austrian charm and cooking on board, and last but not least care-free travelling based on its worldwide service points.

The various packages will now be successively launched in cooperation with different tour operators on the marketplace up until the summer.

Austrian Airlines also intends to position itself strongly in the incoming segment in the future, offering travel programs with tour operators. For example, there will be luxury packages to the Salzburg Festival, including the hotel in Salzburg and tickets to the festival.

Austrian Airlines anticipates 150,000 additional passengers in the first year of the new personalized travel offering.

“With Austrian myHoliday we will more strongly exploit the strength of the Austrian brand nationally and internationally. Thus the charter business will be brought closer to the Austrian umbrella brand as an integrated part of Austrian Airlines”, explains Austrian Airlines CCO Karsten Benz.

“The objective is clear: Austrian myHoliday should become the leisure time brand of the Austrians.” The new brand will be used for the summer flight schedule, which is valid as of May 1, 2013. In the future, Austrian Airlines in its role as a partner to tour operators will also offer an optimal price-performance ratio for tour operators and agencies as well as for customers. The offers can be booked on www.austrian.com

New in the flight programme: Palma, Palermo and Chios
With 130 destinations, Austrian Airlines is the Austrian airline with the most flight destinations from and to Austria. As of May 17, 2013, Chicago will be added to the summer schedule with five flights per week.

There will also be many interesting vacation destinations once again in the charter segment in the summer timetable.

The focus will be on Italy and Greece. New destinations in the upcoming season are Palermo as of April 26, 2013, and Chios as of May 29, 2013, each with one flight per week.

“We continue to be the undisputed market leader with 21 destinations in Greece”, Karsten Benz adds. The offering of Austrian Airlines will also include Spain, Turkey, Great Britain and Egypt. Moreover, Palma has been added to the flight offering and will be served as of May 4, 2013 with three flights per week (in each case Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).

“I have a good feeling that Palma will be a success, due to the fact that we see a great need here. With three flights per week we fulfill customer wishes to fly to Mallorca for both short and long trips. I am convinced that we will achieve good growth rates with it”, Karsten Benz concludes.

 

10.01.13 | Country singer Keith Urban is guest of honour at Qantas Spirit of Australia Party

Keith Urban was the guest of honour at the Qantas Spirit of Australia Party in Los Angeles.

The Qantas Spirit of Australia party, part of G’Day USA, is an annual event which promotes travel to Australia and celebrates Australian success in the United States.

Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Simon Hickey said the airline was thrilled to host an exclusive performance by one of Australia’s most successful musicians.

“Tonight’s event was about showcasing the best of Australia on the world stage – something Keith Urban has been doing for many years,” Mr Hickey said.

“We’re delighted that he could join us at the second Qantas Spirit of Australia Party, alongside a host of accomplished Australians.

“Australia continues to export a wealth of talent in many fields, from acting and music to business and sport, and we are particularly well-represented in the United States.

“As national carrier, Qantas is proud to work with some of these outstanding individuals in promoting Australian tourism, trade and culture – including here at G’Day USA.

“Qantas remains by far the largest private contributor to Australian tourism, with a multi-million dollar marketing commitment, and we look forward to building on that investment during 2013.

“We will be maximising our relationship with tourism operators and state tourism authorities to ensure that we provide the strongest possible support for Australia’s destination marketing effort.”

Keith Urban said it was exciting to be involved with such a unique event.
“It’s a privilege to be able to lend my support to promoting the beauty and culture of Australia. Qantas has been the driving force behind that effort. We’re thrilled to have them partnering with us for our Australian tour,” Keith said.

Qantas will be treating some of their most frequent flyers to tickets and back stage passes at Urban’s Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney concerts.

The Qantas Spirit of Australia party was held at the Montage Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday 9 January.

Australian guests in attendance included John Travolta, Miranda Kerr, Liam Hemsworth, Axle Whitehead, Callan McAuliffe, Daniel McPherson, Zoe Ventoura, Jessica Gomes, Napoleon Perdis, Nicholas Bishop, Phoebe Tonkin, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ursula Brooks, Bella Heathcote, Andrew Dominik, Josh Lawson and Dean Guyer.

 

10.01.13 | SIA signs MOUs with polytechnics for cabin crew recruitment and training

Singapore Airlines has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with three local polytechnics to facilitate joint activities related to cabin crew recruitment and training.

The MOUs are with Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic. In addition to co-operating on cabin crew recruitment activities, an internship-recruitment programme is being established under which selected students will be offered employment contracts and undergo training to become full-time cabin crew.

The MOUs also cover other areas of potential co-operation, such as curriculum development related to service, operations, and safety & security, through sharing and research with the educational institutions.

Singapore Airlines will also work with the polytechnics on continued education programmes for cabin crew as part of their personal development.

“We are pleased to work with the three polytechnics through this special programme, which will enhance Singapore Airlines’ ability to continue attracting the best talent and cater to our operational needs as we grow,” said Singapore Airlines’ Acting Senior Vice President Cabin Crew, Mr Marvin Tan.

“Singapore Airlines believes strongly in programmes that benefit the communities in which we operate. These partnerships with three of Singapore’s polytechnics are consistent with our longstanding support for educational initiatives.”

Singapore Airlines employs nearly 7,500 cabin crew, seeking suitable candidates including those from various universities and polytechnics in Singapore.

New crew undergo an extensive 15-week training programme which covers service delivery, customer relations, language & communication, deportment & grooming, as well as security and safety.

Cabin crew also continue to undergo training on a regular basis throughout their career with Singapore Airlines, in line with the Airline’s focus on constant improvement to deliver the best travel experience to our customers.

 

09.01.13 | PICTURE: Hawaiian Airlines Appoints Doreen Lawrence Vice President of Inflight Services

HA Doreen Lawrence 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Hawaiian Airlines today announced the appointment of Doreen “Dola” Lawrence to the position of vice president of inflight services. She started work on January 7.

Lawrence fills the position previously held by Louis Saint-Cyr, who was appointed vice president of customer services in May 2012.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the delivery of onboard customer service and safety system-wide, as well as management and administration of Inflight operations and training for Hawaiian’s nearly 1,500 flight attendants.

“Dola is a proven customer service leader with a track record of providing high-quality inflight service that will serve us well as we continually look for ways to improve our already industry-leading onboard service,” said Charles Nardello, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of operations.

Lawrence brings 22 years of domestic and international airline management experience to Hawaiian in areas that include inflight service, catering, customer service, training, and sales.

She has been serving as director of inflight and catering for Virgin America since March 2006. Before that, she served as director of inflight service for JetBlue Airways for five years. In addition, she has maintained her standing as a qualified flight attendant for the past 33 years.

Hawaiian’s inflight service has consistently proven to be a favorite of travelers to Hawai‘i. Consumer surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Especially popular is Hawaiian’s signature ‘Mea Ho‘okipa’ (translation: I am host) inflight service program and how its cabin crews engage travelers with their celebration of Hawai‘i’s culture, people, and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past eight years (2004-2011) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand on March 13, 2013, and between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan in July 2013. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).

 

09.01.13 | IFP appoints new managing director

IFP, the Passenger Experience Provider™, today announced that it has appointed Robert Haxton as Managing Director of its UK and worldwide offices.

Following a successful year which saw IFP grow and strengthen its portfolio of inflight entertainment content, technical and creative solutions, Robert will lead the company to further develop its services to airline clients.

Robert joined IFP in June 2012 as Chief Financial Officer, bringing a wealth of financial and management experience to the company after serving as Vice President and Finance Director at Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2005. He had previously held a number of senior level financial positions for companies in the publishing, media, advertising and entertainment sectors, including Haymarket Publishing Ltd, JWT, British Sky Broadcasting (BSKYB) and Polygram Records (now Universal).

“I look forward to continuing to drive IFP’s business through a critical new phase of optimisation and growth as we strive to meet our airline clients’ expanding content and digital needs,” commented Robert Haxton.

About IFP

We are IFP. The Passenger Experience Provider™
We create inspiring solutions that take inflight entertainment beyond the onboard experience – engaging passengers before, during and after their flight with innovative interfaces, apps and content.

We offer an integrated, end-to-end service, covering all aspects of the passenger entertainment experience. We acquire captivating movies, TV and audio content and create engaging user experiences through imaginative GUIs, apps, websites and print publications. We have the technical capabilities to work with all aircraft and onboard systems and tailor our solutions to each individual airline, their systems, destinations, passenger demographic and budget.

We have been at the forefront of the inflight entertainment industry for more than 30 years, providing relevant and innovative services to airlines. We have offices in four continents where our multilingual employees support international airlines and license content from all over the world.

 

09.01.13 | JAL and KYOCERA to Support “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013″ Program to Send Tsunami-Stricken Area Students from Japan to the U.S. Supporting Kesennuma students’ visit to express gratitude for the U.S. military’s tsunami relief mission “Operation Tomodachi”

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. and KYOCERA Corporation announced today that they will jointly support the “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013″ program taking place in March 2013 as part of the larger TOMODACHI Initiative.

In 2011, a humanitarian relief mission, called “Operation Tomodachi,” (the word tomodachi means friend in Japanese) was launched by the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake to provide assistance and encouragement to the disaster victims. U.S. forces also made tremendous contributions to the restoration of Sendai Airport, which was devastated by the tsunami.

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership led by the U.S. Embassy in Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council to invest in the next generation in both countries and to strengthen the U.S.-Japan friendship, based on the same spirit of cooperation and friendship as “Operation Tomodachi.”

As numerous residents of the tsunami-ravaged city of Kesennuma (Miyagi Pref.) have conveyed their feelings of deep gratitude toward the U.S. Marines and Navy personnel who participated in “Operation Tomodachi,” in order to help the young people of Kesennuma realize their wish to personally thank U.S. service personnel and to support their own individual growth, JAL and KYOCERA will jointly support the “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013″ program, which will transport students from Kesennuma to San Diego, home to numerous U.S. Marine and Navy bases.

Through the program, JAL and KYOCERA also seek to provide participants with an exciting educational and cultural exchange in San Diego, a city with which both companies have close ties: JAL inaugurated the first direct flight to San Diego from Asia with its Boeing 787 on December 2, 2012; and KYOCERA opened the U.S. production plant of KYOCERA International Inc. there in 1971.

An outline of the program follows:

“TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013″

1. Date: March 24 (Sun) – March 31 (Sun), 2013
2. Participants: 7 students of Kesennuma City (to be selected through a screening process)
3. Cost: Transportation between Kesennuma and Narita Airport, airfare, and local transportation and room and board throughout the program will be covered by the organizers
4. Program schedule (tentative):
Day 1 Travel from Kesennuma Station – Sendai – Ueno – Narita Airport;
departure ceremony
Flight JL066 to San Diego
City tour and welcome ceremony Homestay
Day 2 Courtesy call and thank you ceremony at U.S. Navy and/or Marine base Homestay
Day 3 School visit Homestay
Day 4 School visit, KYOCERA production plant visit Homestay
Day 5 Farewell ceremony
Attend University of San Diego vs Oregon State baseball game Homestay
Day 6 Flight JL065 to Narita Airport In-flight
Day 7 Farewell party at hotel after arriving at Narita Airport Stay in hotel
Day 8 Travel from Narita – Ueno – Sendai – Kesennuma

About JAL
Japan Airlines (JAL) was established in 1951, and is today a member of the oneworld® airline alliance, with an international network reaching more than 221 airports in 40 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners. Domestically, JAL covers over 50 airports throughout Japan and operates a fleet of 215 aircraft including the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737s, 767s, 777s, Embraer 170 and other regional jets. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) has reached over 25 million members worldwide today and is Japan’s biggest frequent flyer program. Awarded the most punctual major global airline in 2009 and 2010, JAL is committed to continue providing customers the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service.

About KYOCERA
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company’s net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine’s 2012 “Global 2000″ listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

 

08.01.13 | US Airways Announces New Service At Philadelphia International Airport

Customers in Salt Lake City now have nonstop service to Philadelphia and one-stop access to destinations throughout the East Coast, the Caribbean and Europe

US Airways announced today that it will begin nonstop, daily year-round service from its international gateway in Philadelphia to Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8.

The new service will give customers in Salt Lake City one-stop access to destinations throughout the East Coast, Europe and the Caribbean.

“We are excited to expand our service for customers traveling to and from our international gateway in Philadelphia with a new daily flight to Salt Lake City,” said Andrew Nocella, US Airways’ senior vice president, Marketing and Planning.

Service to Salt Lake City will be operated on dual-class, 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. The flight schedule for new Salt Lake City service is as follows:

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Flight Departure Arrival
306 8:25 a.m. 2:44 p.m.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) -
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Flight Departure Arrival
305 6:10 p.m. 9:04 p.m.

With the new service, US Airways will operate 462 weekday departures to 111 destinations from Philadelphia International Airport to destinations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean from Philadelphia.

About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 195 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations.

Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets employer in 2011 and 2012.

US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Report.

The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years.

The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies’ attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers.

 

08.01.13 | Panasonic expands Toughpad™ enterprise-grade tablet line

Ten-inch Windows 8 Pro-based and Seven-inch Android™-powered Tablets offer Choice to Meet Expanding Business Tablet Expectations

Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2013 – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today expanded its Toughpad™ line of enterprise-grade tablets with the introduction of the Toughpad™ FZ-G1, a 10” tablet featuring Windows® 8 Pro, and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7” Android™-powered unit.

Both devices follow the original 10” Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year.

With the Toughpad (#Toughpad) family of ruggedized tablets, businesses and government institutions have a single partner delivering a selection of highly reliable and purpose-built devices ideal for numerous operational needs.

“For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile computing devices on the market,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America.

“Because our customers know they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on investment, Panasonic – through its Toughbook brand – holds nearly 80 percent market share in the rugged mobile device space.

We believe our engineering acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading B2B tablet solution in the coming years.”

Hide Harada, Director, IT Products Business Unit added, “The goal for Panasonic is to achieve 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.”

Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety, utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance.

The devices are ideal for a host of usage scenarios, including inventory control, eForms, field sales, field service, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and GIS.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1: Key Features
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
Display: 10.1”, sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920×1200)
Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
Dimensions: 10.6” x 7.4” x 0.75”
Weight: 2.43lbs
Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features
Operating System: Android 4.0
Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
Display: 7”, daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
Battery: 8.0 hours – Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
Dimensions: 8.7”x 5.1” x 0.7”
Weight: 1.2lbs
Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
I/O: Micro USB

Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under circumstances that render typical tablets non-operational. Devices feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3rd party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

“Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers,” continued Poehler. “This customer feedback is a critical part of the development process and will continue to shape Toughbook and Toughpad devices in the future. The wide variety of devices in the Toughbook and Toughpad families is a clear indication that we build products to meet our customers’ needs.”

Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device security and the Toughpad family is designed with this in mind. Security features like encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpad FZ-A1 and Toughpad JT-B1. Compatibility with world-class Mobile device management (MDM) tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.

Toughpad tablets are supported by an ecosystem that includes an enterprise-focused app store, developer tools and deployment support. Panasonic will offer a full set of professional-grade accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability
The 10” Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting at $2,899. The 7” Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February starting at $1,199. The 10” Android-powered Toughpad™ FZ-A1 is now shipping, starting at $1,299. All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.

Toughpad FZ-A1 LTE Certification
Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the 10” Toughpad FZ-A1 is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.

All products in the Toughpad family come standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of tablets should be directed to sales.psc@us.panasonic.comor 877-803-8492.

For more information on the Toughpad family of tablets and detailed device specifications, go to http://www.PanasonicToughpad.com.

Follow the Toughpad™ Brand (#Toughpad):
The Panasonic Toughpad brand can be followed on various social media channels, including Facebook , Twitter, YouTube , Flickr and our blog, Panasonic for Business.

Panasonic Solutions for Business
Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation.

The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production.

As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at www.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use.

The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry’s leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018.

In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx.

As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013.

Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

 

08.01.13 | PICTURES: Austrian takes off with new long-haul cabin

• First Boeing 777 equipped with state-of-the-art new long-haul cabin to take off as flight no. OS45 from Vienna to Malé later today

• World-beating standards of travel comfort offered by new full-flat seats in Business Class, new Economy Class seats, and improved entertainment from redesigned inflight entertainment system

Austrian New Cabin4 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013After completing a successful test flight and gaining official approval from aviation authorities, the first Austrian long-haul aircraft to feature the company’s completely remodelled long-haul cabin, a Boeing 777 bearing the identification code OE-LPD, will embark on its maiden flight this evening.

Flight no. OS45 will take off from Vienna at 8.45 p.m. local time, and land in Malé, capital of the Maldives, according to schedule eight hours and 40 minutes later. The new fittings mean passengers travelling Economy Class on long-haul flights will have the opportunity to enjoy an entirely new level of seating comfort.

New Business Class long haul somelier and Flying Chef 300x200 Press Releases   Jan 2013In Business Class, meanwhile, the new seats will offer a persuasive mix of intuitive operation, a built-in massage function, and extra storage space. The excellent standard of reclining comfort offered to passengers by the new seats is thanks to their innovative combination of an air cushion system and the option to convert them into full-flat beds.

The new cabin in the Boeing 777 offers space for a total of 308 passengers, with 260 people in the Economy Class section and 48 in Business Class. An all-new inflight entertainment system offers a wide choice of the latest films, ensuring passengers enjoy non-stop inflight entertainment. And as before, the award-winning DO&CO service, with its inflight chef feature, will be provided for passengers’ culinary pleasure.

Austrian Airlines CCO Karsten Benz said the following about the new cabin: “Comfort and service are the top priorities at Austrian Airlines. With this new long-haul cabin, we are offering a product perfectly harmonised with the wishes of our customers.

We have invested over 90 million euros in our aircraft to achieve this.” Austrian Airlines is converting its entire long-haul fleet, which consists of four aircraft of the Boeing 777 type and six Boeing 767, on a step-by-step basis. Around 1.1 million customers travel long-haul with Austrian Airlines on 5,500 flights every year.

The new Business Class seat – an overview
• Horizontal full-flat surface almost two metres in length
• Innovative air cushion system offering greatest possible comfort, whether passenger sitting or lying down
• More space in shoulder area in reclining position thanks to lowerable armrests
• Generous storage spaces and extra storage compartments built directly into seat
• Entertainment system with larger monitors:

Economy Class screens now 9-inch instead of 6.5-inch to 9 inch to date (depending on aircraft type); Business Class screens 15-inch instead of 5 to 10.4-inch to date (depending on aircraft type)

 

08.01.13 | United reports December 2012 operational performance

United Continental Holdings, Inc. reported December 2012 combined operational results for its airline units.

UAL’s consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) in December 2012 decreased 4.0 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) decreased 5.4 percent versus December 2011.

UAL’s consolidated load factor in December 2012 increased 1.2 points compared to December 2011.

UAL’s December 2012 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 percent compared to December 2011. Core passenger revenue growth showed sequential strength from November 2012 to December 2012, but was partially offset by year-end revenue adjustments.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra- legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America.

United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.

United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022.

In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years.

United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines.

More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook.
The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

 

08.01.13 | Paramount Pictures and Qualcomm announce unprecedented “Star Trek into Darkness” app using cutting edge technologies

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom Inc., and Qualcomm Incorporated, through its subsidiary Qualcomm Labs, Inc., announced that Gimbal™ context awareness technologies will be used to deliver exclusive content and advanced real world game experiences for the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” application based on the upcoming movie from J.J. Abrams.

These cutting edge technologies are being showcased in a never before-seen way and will enable users to automatically engage with a wealth of movie related materials by utilizing their real-life surroundings to auto-complete integrated missions by employing audio scan, geo-location recognition, and image recognition functionality powered by Qualcomm Vuforia. The “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app will launch at the end of January. Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs made the announcement today during his keynote address at the International CES show in Las Vegas.

During the second quarter of the big game, the app will allow users the ability to unlock the first of many surprises during the airing of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” tv-spot, making this one of the most unique and interactive apps ever created for a movie. As a bonus, users who register for the app will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a VIP trip to the U.S. premiere. To be the first to get the app and enter the sweepstakes, visit www.StarTrekMovie.com/CES.

“We are excited about collaborating with Paramount on this app as it further brings to life Qualcomm’s vision of the digital sixth sense, where devices intelligently interact with the world around you,” said Dr. Jacobs. “By leveraging the Gimbal platform, this app harnesses the power of the smartphone to bridge the digital and physical world, allowing the studio to market the film in the real world and simultaneously bring users into the film’s story and world.”

Highlights of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app include:

• An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;

• An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;

• A geofencing function for location-based experiences;

• New “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content, such as videos, images and wallpapers delivered directly to users’ mobile devices;

• Exclusive opportunities and special offers only available to app users;

• One lucky sweepstakes winner will be rewarded with the grand prize of attending the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” U.S. premiere.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” opens in theaters everywhere May 17, 2013.

 

08.01.13 | Lufthansa Systems adds powerful visualization module to its flight planning solution Lido/Flight

Lufthansa Systems has announced that it has added the powerful module Lido/Flight Winds for visualizing flight paths and other information to its well known flight planning solution Lido/Flight.

This enables airline dispatchers to better monitor active flights until landing and to offer support to pilots when necessary.

This new module enables airlines to increase the efficiency of their flight operations and the punctuality of their flights. By integrating Lido/Flight Winds, the airline IT specialist has once again enhanced the range of features offered by Lido/Flight.

“The integration of Lido/Flight Winds once again underlines how we continually invest in innovative technologies,” said Stefan Auerbach, SVP Airline Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “This boosts the value of our products and makes a significant contribution to improving our customers’ competitiveness.”

Lido/Flight is one of the most powerful flight planning solutions in the world and is used by airlines of all sizes with a wide variety of business models. The solution calculates the most efficient route for each flight from countless possible combinations while taking all current flight-related data into account. This makes it possible to optimize routes in terms of costs, flight time or fuel consumption. Airlines can reduce their fuel costs by up to five percent with Lido/Flight. The integrated Lido/Flight solution also offers numerous additional modules for calculating the optimal takeoff thrust, making the best use of temporary flight paths and automatically generating electronic briefing packets for crews, for example.

The supplementary module Lido/Flight Winds generates precise cartographic visualizations of the flights planned with Lido/Flight. These can be superimposed with data from other sources, such as weather radar images or information on the airspace situation.

The user-friendly graphical display of the flight situation enables airline dispatchers to make prompt tactical decisions while tracking a flight, such as whether to fly around areas of bad weather or airspaces with capacity bottlenecks. This can increase flight punctuality and reduce the costs associated with delays.

About Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems provides consulting and IT services for selected industries and has a leading position in the global aviation industry.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group offers its customers the entire range of IT-services, including consulting, development and implementation of industry solutions as well as operations.

At its headquarters in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt, Germany, the company operates one of the most modern data centers in Europe.

Lufthansa Systems has offices in Germany and 16 other countries and employs about 3,000 people.

In business year 2011, Lufthansa Systems recorded revenues of EUR 599 million.

 

08.01.13 | Etihad Airways sets new record for busiest day

Etihad Airways has started the New Year by setting a record for the number of passengers carried across its worldwide network in a single day.

The record was set on Saturday 5 January 2013 when 33,802 passengers flew with the Abu Dhabi-based airline, beating the previous record of 33,766 set on Saturday 14 July 2012.

Etihad Airways capped an impressive festive holiday season with Thursday 3 and Friday 4 January 2013 also entering the airlines top 10 ranking for busiest ever days, with 32,622 and 32,918 flying each day respectively.

Two dates in January have also entered Etihad Airways’ top 10 for highest ever load factors. Flights across the airline’s network were 89.2 per cent full on Saturday 5 January (#4 in the top 10) and 88.1 per cent full on Friday 4 January (#9 in the top 10).

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “It has been a busy start to 2013 for Etihad Airways and it is highly satisfying to beat our previous record for passengers carried in a single day.”

Last week Etihad Airways announced it had flown total of 10.29 million in 2012, an increase of 1.88 million passengers from 2011.

Mr Hogan added: “Etihad Airways carried record numbers of passengers in 2012, was voted World’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Our challenge is to build on these achievements during the coming 12 months.”

Etihad Airways record passenger days
Rank Date Passengers
1 5 January 2013 33,802
2 14 July 2012 33,766
3 30 June 2012 33,696
4 1 September 2012 33,271
5 25 August 2012 32,978
6 30 August 2012 32,976
7 31 August 2012 32,927
8 4 January 2013 32,918
9 3 January 2013 32,644
10 13 July 2012 32,625

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers.

From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 70 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 90 aircraft on firm order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus.

 

08.01.13 | JAL to Serve Miyazaki Beef on International First Class

Japan Airlines (JAL) will be introducing the award-winning Miyazaki beef in its inflight meals for First Class on international routes from Tokyo (Narita) to Europe and North America between January 9 and March 31, 2013, to commemorate the launch of JAL SKY SUITE 777 – the airline’s latest inflight products and services.

Produced in Miyazaki Prefecture situated in the southern islands of Kyushu, Japan, Miyazaki beef is rated over level A-4 by the Japan Meat Grading Association for its outstanding quality of meat. It won the topmost accolades in five of nine categories in a nationwide wagyu (Japanese beef) quality contest that is held every five years, for two consecutive contests (2007 and 2012), and is recognized as the most superior beef in Japan and a well-known prime label overseas.

For the period between January 9 and February 28, 2013, JAL will serve the high grade beef in First Class as a main western meal selection. Customers can enjoy the luxuriously juicy and tender Miyazaki beef fillet “alla Rossini”, matched with fragrantly seared foie gras and apple – a menu specially crafted by Seiji Yamamoto, Michelin 3-star chef, and owner of distinguished Japanese restaurant Ryugin.

There will be a regular change of menu from March 1, 2013 and JAL will continue to utilize Miyazaki beef in the new line-up until March 31, 2013.

JAL will continue striving to offer the finest quality in products and services to make each and every customer’s journey on JAL a delightful and enjoyable experience.

 

07.01.13 | APEX, CEA to Moderate CES Panel on FAA, Use of Personal Electronics Inflight

* Industry Experts to Tackle Issue of Government Regulations and Inflight Safety with APEX-moderated Panel Discussion

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) – in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association – will lead an in-depth panel discussion on how legislative developments in the United States could significantly change the inflight experience for the traveling public.

As the leading global organization devoted to the inflight experience, APEX has teamed up with CEA to present “Taking Flight: New Approaches to the Use of Consumer Electronics on Airplanes” at the 2013 international CES in Las Vegas, Nev. USA.

The 2013 International CES will be 7 through 10 January, and the APEX/CEA panel discussion will be 14:30 – 15:30 10 January as part of the CES Innovation Policy Summit.

“The APEX panel session this year will be especially interesting, considering the U.S. government’s current review of policies related to personal electronic devices and air travel,” said Lauren Beneri, APEX director for programs and services. “Our panelists will offer a range of unique perspectives as they compare restrictions in the United States with regulations elsewhere.”

In response to consumer interest, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year formed a group of government and industry professionals to study existing laws pertaining to use of portable electronic devices onboard aircraft. For years, the United States has limited, and in some cases prohibited, use of certain devices inflight for fear of possible electronic interference and other safety concerns. The U.S. Congress, however, ordered the FAA to re-examine that policy to determine when electronic devices can safely be used during flight.

As an association, APEX is devoted to enhancing the passenger experience.

The APEX/CEA panel discussion will break down how restrictive policies have impacted the airline industry. Moderated by Jonathan Norris, executive director, APEX Media Platforms, the panel will cover such topics as innovation, passenger convenience and potential regional disadvantages resulting from current law.

The panel will include the following speakers:

· Pat Bjordal – President & CEO, AeroMobile
Patrick Brannelly – Vice President, Corporate Communications, Product, Publishing, Digital & Events, Emirates Airlines
Kate Hanni – Founder, FlyersRights.org
Paul Misener – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon.com
Captain Derek Spicer – Senior Training Captain

About APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and inflight dining.

 

07.01.13 | Transaero Airlines Adds Holiday Spirit for January 7th Christmas via Lumexis® FTTS® Inflight Entertainment System

Transaero Airlines has created a unique seasonal user interface on its Fiber-To-The-Screen® (FTTS) Inflight Entertainment (IFE) System from Lumexis. The holiday themed modifications feature Ded Moroz, the fictional character also known as “Old Man Frost” who delivers presents to children on the Russian Orthodox Christmas, celebrated January 7th.

“Ded Moroz is seen boarding a Transaero 777-300 aircraft with his large red sack of presents, with the message ‘Season’s Greetings!’ throughout the Inflight Entertainment System Graphical User Interface (GUI)” explained Transaero Deputy Technical Director Sergey Popov.

“He welcomes passengers as they board the aircraft, and appears over animated backgrounds at various times during the flight. This is another first for Transaero in bringing out a beautifully traditional, Russian-themed GUI solely for the Holiday period.”

“Seasonal GUI modifications are uncommon in legacy IFE systems, due to the lengthy development and testing cycles used,” added Lumexis CEO Doug Cline.

“Other IFE systems require GUI modifications to be initiated months before they appear on an aircraft, and typically have high associated costs. However, the Lumexis FTTS IFE System has unprecedented capability to allow rapid prototyping, development and deployment of modifications. The Transaero Seasonal GUI was conceived, developed and deployed to aircraft in less than one week, at minimal cost to Transaero Airlines.”

 

07.01.13 | Hawaiian to Add Fleet of Long-Range, Single-Aisle Aircraft – Deliveries of New Airbus A321neo Aircraft Starting in 2017

Hawaiian Airlines today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with airframe manufacturer Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft.

The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai‘i and the U.S. West Coast.

“Everyone at Hawaiian wants us to keep our position as the market leader in service quality, cost efficiency and choice of destinations. Ordering the A321neo will secure this legacy on routes to the U.S. West Coast beyond the middle of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

“The A321neo will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft of its type after its introduction in 2016. With its slightly smaller size we’ll be able to open new markets that are not viable for wide-body service, while also being able to augment service on existing routes to the West Coast of North America.”

At 146-feet-long, the A321neo will seat approximately 190 passengers in a two-class configuration (First and Coach) and has a range of 3,650 nautical miles. The aircraft will offer the more comfortable seat widths found in the twin-aisle Airbus A330. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, however, the aircraft have a total list-price value of approximately $2.8 billion if all of the purchase rights are exercised.

The new acquisitions are also contingent upon Hawaiian signing new agreements with its pilots and flight attendant unions covering operation of the new aircraft type. If new agreements are reached, the fleet expansion is expected to generate roughly 1,000 additional jobs at Hawaiian.

“This is a significant investment in the future of both Hawaiian and Hawai‘i. Our tourism-based economy and local employment will benefit as we continue our strategy of diversifying our business while improving the efficiency of our operation,” Dunkerley commented.

“We have come to think of Hawaiian Airlines as ‘ohana’ (family) and are very pleased to add yet another branch to our tree with this pending expansion of the Hawaiian Airbus fleet,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers. “Hawaiian has gotten great results with their A330s. The passengers, the employees and the accountants for the airline all recognize the advantages of Airbus aircraft, and now they will benefit even further by flying the most popular single-aisle family in the sky.”

Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 43 aircraft, comprised of 25 wide-body, long-haul aircraft (294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft and 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft), and 18 narrow-body 123- seat Boeing 717-200 aircraft for Neighbor Island flights.

Hawaiian’s existing orders include an additional 13 new A330s between 2013 and 2015, and six next-generation, longer-range A350XWB-800 aircraft starting in 2017. The existing fleet of 16 Boeing 767s will phase out over the next 10 years.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past eight years (2004-2011) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand on March 13, 2013, and between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan in July 2013. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).

About Airbus

Airbus manufactures the most modern and eco-efficient family of airliners available, ranging from 100 to over 500 seats. At its facilities in Wichita, Kansas and Mobile, Alabama, Airbus Americas helps engineer the entire product line.
Additionally, Airbus supports, trains and sells to customers in the Americas from its centers in suburban Washington D.C. and Miami. Airbus has spent more than $115 billion in the U.S. since 1990 – over half that in the last six years – with hundreds of American suppliers in more than 40 states. In 2011 alone, Airbus spent $12 billion with U.S. suppliers, supporting some 210,000 American jobs.

 

07.01.13 | Air Canada Reports Record Load Factors for December and Full Year 2012

For the month of December 2012, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 82.1 per cent, versus 81.0 per cent in December 2011, an increase of 1.1 percentage points.

System traffic increased 3.2 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 1.8 per cent. For the full year 2012, load factor was a record 82.7 per cent, versus 81.6 per cent, an increase of 1.1 percentage points.

Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

“For both the month of December and full year 2012, Air Canada achieved record load factors of 82.1 and 82.7 per cent, respectively,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Led by increases in traffic in the U.S. transborder market of 6.6 per cent and in the Atlantic market of 5.1 per cent, Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of December in all markets the airline serves with system wide growth of 3.2 per cent on a capacity increase of 1.8 per cent through higher utilization of our existing fleet. These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of Air Canada’s disciplined capacity management and our award-winning product. I want to thank our employees for taking care of the more than 33 million customers Air Canada served in 2012 and, above all, transporting them safely to their destination. Their professionalism and efforts in earning our customers’ loyalty have been recognized by many industry awards, including the selection of Air Canada by frequent world travelers as the Best International Airline in North America.”

In 2012, Air Canada was ranked for a third consecutive year “Best International Airline in North America” in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. According to the 2012 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 79 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.
In 2012, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted Air Canada “Best Airline in North America,” the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada “Best North American Airline for International Travel” and “Best In-Flight Services in North America,” and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada “Best North American Airline for Business Class Service,” “Best North American Airline for International Travel” and “Best Flight Attendants in North America.”

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.

Canada’s flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012 served more than 33 million customers.

Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,329 destinations in 194 countries.

For further information see aircanada.com

 

07.01.13 | More benefits for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers transiting at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers transiting in Singapore have more to look forward to with the enhancement of the recently introduced Changi Transit Programme.

For a limited period from now until 30 June 2013, eligible customers will receive $40 worth of Changi Dollar Vouchers (CDVs) per ticket – double the amount since the Changi Transit Programme began on 1 October 2012.

To qualify for the CDVs, customers must travel on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir on both their inbound and outbound flights, with a 13-digit e-ticket receipt number beginning with 618 or 629.

The CDVs are valid for one-time use at more than 450 retail, food and service outlets in the transit and public areas of Terminals 1, 2 and 3, excluding outlets in the Arrival Baggage Claim Halls.

They can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to six hours.

Services at the lounge include showers, light refreshments, free flow of non- alcoholic beverages, and a wide range of reading materials.

Travellers can also look forward to amenities such as airport-wide complimentary WiFi, movie theatres and themed gardens while transiting at Changi Airport, where a convenient Skytrain transport system in both the transit and public areas provides easy access to all three terminals.

Mr Peh Ke-Wei, CAG’s Vice President for Passenger Development, said, “Due to overwhelming demand from travellers for the original Changi Transit Programme, we decided to improve the benefits to entice more passengers to fly through Changi for their upcoming trips. Coupled with Changi Airport’s renowned transit experience and Singapore Airlines’ and SilkAir’s extensive flight network, the enhanced programme will make transiting at Changi even more compelling. CAG will continue to introduce new promotions to cater to the ever-changing needs of travellers.”

Mr Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Manager Marketing Communications and Development, said, “With the launch of the enhanced Changi Transit Programme, our transit customers will be able to experience more of what Changi Airport has to offer. In addition, by presenting their CDVs in conjunction with their Singapore Airlines or SilkAir boarding pass at participating stores, they will be able to enjoy even more privileges and discounts under the Boarding Pass Privileges Programme.”

To collect their CDVs, eligible customers should present both their electronic ticket and boarding pass of their Singapore-bound flight at any of the seven Information Counters in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3. The CDVs are issued while stocks last and will expire on 31 March 2014.

Terms and conditions apply for the enhanced Changi Transit Promotion can be found at: www.singaporeair.com/jsp/cms/en_UK/promotions/transit- promotion.jsp

After 30 June 2013, eligible customers transiting in Singapore will receive $20 worth of CDVs, under the original Changi Transit Programme, which will continue until 31 March 2014.

 

04.01.13 | US Airways Reports Record December Load Factor

US Airways Group, Inc. today announced December, fourth quarter and full-year 2012 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.0 billion, up 1.3 percent versus December 2011.

Mainline capacity was 6.0 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent versus December 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 83.1 percent for the month of December, up 1.2 points versus December 2011.

US Airways’ President Scott Kirby said, “Our December consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased approximately four percent versus the same period last year. I would like to thank and congratulate our team of 32,000 employees for doing an outstanding job of taking care of our customers in 2012 while setting numerous operating records, including on-time departures and arrivals, completion factor, and baggage handling. We look forward to continuing this trend into the New Year and beyond.”

As reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation, US Airways’ preliminary on-time performance was 82.8 percent for the month of December with a completion factor of 99.3 percent.

The following summarizes US Airways Group’s traffic results for the month, fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, consisting of mainline-operated flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by wholly owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.

US Airways Mainline

DECEMBER

2012 2011 Change
Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 3,888,164 3,801,130 2.3 %
Atlantic 651,000 695,605 (6.4) %
Latin 433,241 413,144 4.9 %
Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 4,972,405 4,909,879 1.3 %

Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 4,588,632 4,561,746 0.6 %
Atlantic 849,255 918,754 (7.6) %
Latin 547,321 515,494 6.2 %
Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 5,985,208 5,995,994 (0.2) %

Mainline Load Factor (%)

Domestic 84.7 83.3 1.4 pts
Atlantic 76.7 75.7 1.0 pts
Latin 79.2 80.1 (0.9) pts
Total Mainline Load Factor 83.1 81.9 1.2 pts

Mainline Enplanements

Domestic 3,931,176 3,896,288 0.9 %
Atlantic 159,445 171,417 (7.0) %
Latin 311,372 304,397 2.3 %
Total Mainline Enplanements 4,401,993 4,372,102 0.7 %

QUARTER TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 11,620,687 11,114,145 4.6 %
Atlantic 2,164,499 2,296,835 (5.8) %
Latin 1,087,117 1,067,347 1.9 %
Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 14,872,303 14,478,327 2.7 %

Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 13,415,715 13,126,185 2.2 %
Atlantic 2,777,855 2,969,489 (6.5) %
Latin 1,352,462 1,323,028 2.2 %
Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 17,546,032 17,418,702 0.7 %

Mainline Load Factor (%)

Domestic 86.6 84.7 1.9 pts
Atlantic 77.9 77.3 0.6 pts
Latin 80.4 80.7 (0.3) pts
Total Mainline Load Factor 84.8 83.1 1.7 pts

Mainline Enplanements

Domestic 12,027,673 11,779,280 2.1 %
Atlantic 533,680 566,907 (5.9) %
Latin 789,228 789,907 (0.1) %
Total Mainline Enplanements 13,350,581 13,136,094 1.6 %

YEAR TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 46,662,335 45,087,640 3.5 %
Atlantic 10,741,122 10,792,122 (0.5) %
Latin 5,032,878 4,899,106 2.7 %
Total Mainline Revenue Passenger Miles 62,436,335 60,778,868 2.7 %

Mainline Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 54,508,319 53,155,839 2.5 %
Atlantic 13,604,210 13,453,752 1.1 %
Latin 6,098,560 5,993,474 1.8 %
Total Mainline Available Seat Miles 74,211,089 72,603,065 2.2 %

Mainline Load Factor (%)

Domestic 85.6 84.8 0.8 pts
Atlantic 79.0 80.2 (1.2) pts
Latin 82.5 81.7 0.8 pts
Total Mainline Load Factor 84.1 83.7 0.4 pts

Mainline Enplanements

Domestic 47,928,705 46,656,489 2.7 %
Atlantic 2,643,706 2,663,244 (0.7) %
Latin 3,705,464 3,639,075 1.8 %
Total Mainline Enplanements 54,277,875 52,958,808 2.5 %

Notes:

1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.
2) Latin numbers include the Caribbean.

US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines)

DECEMBER

2012 2011 Change

Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 209,664 181,696 15.4 %

Express Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 279,142 255,682 9.2 %

Express Load Factor (%)

Domestic 75.1 71.1 4.0 pts

Express Enplanements

Domestic 690,830 634,160 8.9 %

QUARTER TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 641,080 572,758 11.9 %

Express Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 831,189 773,879 7.4 %

Express Load Factor (%)

Domestic 77.1 74.0 3.1 pts

Express Enplanements

Domestic 2,127,243 1,985,558 7.1 %

YEAR TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Express Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 2,444,111 2,298,451 6.3 %

Express Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 3,299,122 3,152,186 4.7 %

Express Load Factor (%)

Domestic 74.1 72.9 1.2 pts

Express Enplanements

Domestic 8,246,941 7,895,309 4.5 %

Notes:

1) Canada is included in domestic results.

Consolidated US Airways Group, Inc.

DECEMBER

2012 2011 Change

Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 4,097,828 3,982,826 2.9 %
Atlantic 651,000 695,605 (6.4) %
Latin 433,241 413,144 4.9 %
Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 5,182,069 5,091,575 1.8 %

Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 4,867,774 4,817,428 1.0 %
Atlantic 849,255 918,754 (7.6) %
Latin 547,321 515,494 6.2 %
Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 6,264,350 6,251,676 0.2 %

Consolidated Load Factor (%)

Domestic 84.2 82.7 1.5 pts
Atlantic 76.7 75.7 1.0 pts
Latin 79.2 80.1 (0.9) pts
Total Consolidated Load Factor 82.7 81.4 1.3 pts

Consolidated Enplanements

Domestic 4,622,006 4,530,448 2.0 %
Atlantic 159,445 171,417 (7.0) %
Latin 311,372 304,397 2.3 %
Total Consolidated Enplanements 5,092,823 5,006,262 1.7 %

QUARTER TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 12,261,767 11,686,903 4.9 %
Atlantic 2,164,499 2,296,835 (5.8) %
Latin 1,087,117 1,067,347 1.9 %
Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 15,513,383 15,051,085 3.1 %

Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 14,246,904 13,900,064 2.5 %
Atlantic 2,777,855 2,969,489 (6.5) %
Latin 1,352,462 1,323,028 2.2 %
Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 18,377,221 18,192,581 1.0 %

Consolidated Load Factor (%)

Domestic 86.1 84.1 2.0 pts
Atlantic 77.9 77.3 0.6 pts
Latin 80.4 80.7 (0.3) pts
Total Consolidated Load Factor 84.4 82.7 1.7 pts

Consolidated Enplanements

Domestic 14,154,916 13,764,838 2.8 %
Atlantic 533,680 566,907 (5.9) %
Latin 789,228 789,907 (0.1) %
Total Consolidated Enplanements 15,477,824 15,121,652 2.4 %

YEAR TO DATE

2012 2011 Change

Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

Domestic 49,106,446 47,386,091 3.6 %
Atlantic 10,741,122 10,792,122 (0.5) %
Latin 5,032,878 4,899,106 2.7 %
Total Consolidated Revenue Passenger Miles 64,880,446 63,077,319 2.9 %

Consolidated Available Seat Miles (000)

Domestic 57,807,441 56,308,025 2.7 %
Atlantic 13,604,210 13,453,752 1.1 %
Latin 6,098,560 5,993,474 1.8 %
Total Consolidated Available Seat Miles 77,510,211 75,755,251 2.3 %

Consolidated Load Factor (%)

Domestic 84.9 84.2 0.7 pts
Atlantic 79.0 80.2 (1.2) pts
Latin 82.5 81.7 0.8 pts
Total Consolidated Load Factor 83.7 83.3 0.4 pts

Consolidated Enplanements

Domestic 56,175,646 54,551,798 3.0 %
Atlantic 2,643,706 2,663,244 (0.7) %
Latin 3,705,464 3,639,075 1.8 %
Total Consolidated Enplanements 62,524,816 60,854,117 2.7 %

Notes:

1) Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are included in the domestic results.
2) Latin numbers include the Caribbean.

 

04.01.13 | Alaska Air Group Reports December and Year-End Operational Results

Alaska Air Group Reports December and Year-End Operational Results

Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported December and year-end operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below.

ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE

Alaska reported an 8.4 percent increase in traffic on a 9.9 percent increase in capacity compared with December 2011. This resulted in a 1.1-point decrease in load factor to 86.3 percent. Alaska also reported 83.3 percent of its flights arrived on time in December, compared with 85.4 percent in December 2011. For all of 2012, Alaska reported a record load factor of 86.6 percent and carried a record 18.5 million passengers.

The following table shows Alaska’s operational results for December and full-year 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:

December
Full Year
2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,549 1,485 4.3% 18,526 17,810 4.0%
Revenue passenger miles RPM (in millions) 2,105 1,941 8.4% 24,417 22,586 8.1%
Available seat miles
ASM (in millions) 2,440 2,220 9.9% 28,180 26,517 6.3%
Passenger load factor 86.3% 87.4% (1.1)pts 86.6% 85.2% 1.4pts
On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 83.3% 85.4% (2.1)pts 87.5% 88.2% (0.7)pts
Horizon Air Horizon reported a 5.3 percent increase in December traffic on a 4.6 percent increase in capacity compared with December 2011. This resulted in a 0.7-point increase in load factor to a December record of 79.4 percent and full-year record of 78.3 percent. Horizon also reported 85.2 percent of its flights arrived on time in December, compared with 90.2 percent in December 2011. The following table shows Horizon’s operational results for December and full-year 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:
December
Full Year

2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 586 562 4.3% 6,781 6,641 2.1%
RPMs (in millions) 179 170 5.3% 2,090 2,131 (1.9)%
ASMs (in millions) 226 216 4.6% 2,669 2,726 (2.1)%
Passenger load factor 79.4% 78.7% 0.7pts 78.3% 78.2% 0.1pts
On-time arrivals 85.2% 90.2% (5.0)pts 91.0% 86.1% 4.9pts

The year-to-date decline in capacity and traffic for Horizon from the prior year is due primarily to the completion of Horizon’s transition out of the CRJ-700 regional jet. This transition was completed in June 2011. AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties) On a combined basis, Air Group reported an 8.1 percent increase in traffic on a 9.0 percent increase in capacity compared with December 2011. This resulted in a 0.7-point decrease in load factor to 85.7 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase arrangements, including Horizon, SkyWest and a small third-party carrier in the state of Alaska. The following table shows the operational results for December and full-year 2012, compared with the prior-year periods:
December
Full Year

2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Revenue passengers (in thousands) 2,181 2,094 4.2% 25,896 24,790 4.5%
RPMs (in millions) 2,324 2,149 8.1% 27,007 25,032 7.9%
ASMs (in millions) 2,712 2,488 9.0% 31,428 29,627 6.1%
Passenger load factor 85.7% 86.4% (0.7)pts 85.9% 84.5% 1.4pts
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com.

 

04.01.13 | Inmarsat Supporting the Race2Recovery Team In The Dakar Rally 5 – 19 January

InR2R Team Photo Thruxton 2 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013marsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, is backing a first ever attempt by injured British and US service personnel to complete the toughest event in motorsport, which starts on Saturday (January 5).

Inmarsat is providing vital satellite communications equipment and services to the five driving members of the British-based Race2Recovery team, which will be competing in the 2013 Dakar Rally from Lima to Santiago. This team of volunteers are racing to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity.

They are the first team of predominantly injured servicemen and women to complete the formidable Dakar Rally and will also be raising money for a Help for Heroes project, the Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre, in Wiltshire, which provides vital support for injured servicemen and women.

R2R Team Photo Thruxton 21 263x300 Press Releases   Jan 2013During the tortuous 8,000km rally, the team will stay connected at all times, whether on the move or at the halt, using Inmarsat global satellite broadband BGAN terminals for internet and data services, and eight IsatPhone Pro satellite phones.

Race2Recovery will rely on Inmarsat’s services to maintain contact even in the most remote locations, such as the Atacama Desert and the Andes mountain range. They will be able to video link with the mechanical and logistics crews back at base in the UK, post updates on the charity’s website, Facebook and Twitter, and seek help in the case of medical or mechanical emergencies.

Captain Tony Harris, Race2Recovery’s team Co-Director and a former Captain in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: “The Inmarsat BGAN terminal means that our Race2Recovery team can rely on great voice and broadband connectivity in even the most remote of locations. The kit is incredibly simple, lightweight and compact, and is great for updating social media sites with texts and photos and for sending emails.”

Andy Start, President, Global Government at Inmarsat, said: “With reliable communications, individuals with injuries or disabilities can aspire to reach their goals. However risky and remote the environment, the team can reach their goals with the reassurance that support is just a call or video chat away. Inmarsat’s support for the Race2Recovery team as it competes in the Dakar Rally builds on our longstanding association with this ultimate driving event.”
Recognising the significance of the team effort, Race2Recovery has been awarded the first ever grant from the Endeavour Fund, set up by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Race2Recovery: www.race2recovery.com / @race2recovery

Dakar Rally: http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2013/us/route.html

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com

About Race2Recovery
Race2Recovery is a team of volunteers, racing to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity, by being the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to complete the formidable Dakar Rally in South America, in January 2013. R2R raises money for a Help for Heroes project, the Tedworth House recovery centre in Wiltshire, where injured servicemen and women can receive every kind of support. Tedworth House is one of five Personnel Recovery Centres that have been established as part of the Defence Recovery Capability, an MOD led initiative in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

 

03.01.13 | United Airlines unveils new Lounge concept with remodeled O’Hare United Club

Chi United Club 3 medium 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013United Airlines has unveiled its new United Club lounge in Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the first to feature a new design prototype that the airline will use when building and renovating lounges worldwide.

The 13,300 square foot United Club features a completely redesigned interior that reflects elements of flight and travel. United has outfitted the club with an expansive bar and lounge area, dynamic lighting, redesigned furniture and additional workstations and power outlets. The new and improved furnishings enable customers to relax or work with greater ease and comfort.

Chi United Club 2 medium 300x204 Press Releases   Jan 2013“The new United Club offers customers an improved airport lounge experience,” said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United. “We are investing in our products, on the ground and in the air, to enable our customers to be more comfortable and productive.”

“We are committed to improving the facilities our customers use every day,” said Kate Gebo, vice president of corporate real estate at United. “In addition to redesigning our lounges, we are installing new jet bridges in Chicago, rebuilding the south concourse in Terminal B in Houston and building new maintenance hangars at Washington Dulles and Newark to improve efficiency and help us better serve our customers.”

As with all United Club lounges, members have access to complimentary snacks, beverages and Wi-Fi. United is spending more than $50 million in 2013 to renovate several of the airline’s 51 United Club locations.

The United Club renovations are in addition to the airline’s more than $550 million investment in fleet-wide onboard improvements, including offering the world’s largest fleet of flat-bed seats, with more than 175 aircraft with 180-degree flat beds in premium cabins once the airline completes the installation in early 2013. United also anticipates launching satellite-based Wi-Fi on international widebody aircraft this month, enabling customers to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.

 

03.01.13 | CIT adds ten A350 XWB aircraft to its portfolio – Repeat order from top lessor confirms strong market demand for A350 XWB

CIT Group Inc., a global leader in transportation finance has placed a firm order for 10 A350-900s. This is the second time CIT has ordered A350 XWBs and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15.

“This order for Airbus A350 XWBs will further expand our portfolio of medium-to-long haul aircraft,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President of CIT Transportation Finance. “As one of the leading lessors in the world with more than 110 twin aisle aircraft currently in our portfolio and on order, CIT Aerospace maintains one of the youngest, most fuel efficient fleets in the industry. This new order underscores our commitment to delivering highly efficient aircraft to our global customer base.”

“We are very confident that our A350 XWB Family will perfectly meet long haul operators’ needs by offering them the highest levels of comfort and efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “This repeat order for the A350 XWB from CIT clearly demonstrates this to be the case.”

Including this latest announcement, CIT has ordered a total of 253 Airbus aircraft comprising 187 A320 Family, 51 A330 Family and 15 A350 XWB Family.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The new Family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, with CIT’s order included, the A350 XWB has already won 572 firm orders from 34 customers worldwide.

 

03.01.13 | China Airlines Wins International Trophy at Rose Parade – “Cycling Through Paradise” Float Earns Top Honors

2013 Rose Parade 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013On January 1, 2013, China Airlines won the International Trophy at the 124th Rose Parade with its travel-themed “Cycling Through Paradise” float.

This marks the 22nd time that China Airlines has won the prize at the annual New Year’s festival held in Los Angeles, California.

This year’s parade theme: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” celebrates the beauty and wonder of our natural environment and encourages us to explore a world that is full of possibility and imagination.

China Airlines has been a Rose Parade fixture for more than a quarter century, participating for 27 consecutive years since 1987.

This year, China Airlines designed its float based on the Ci En Pagoda overlooking Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan.

The award-winning float, measuring 55 feet in length, 30 feet in height and 18 feet in width, enhances Taiwan’s image as a cycling paradise among a worldwide audience.

Lonely Planet named Taiwan one of the top 10 travel destinations of 2012, and apart from Taiwan’s astounding landscape, it cited round-the-island cycling paths extending thousands of kilometers.

In CNN’s “Cycling routes that’ll take your breath away”, Sun Moon Lake took the number five spot for the world’s top 10 bike routes.

Adorned by plants and flowers in the shape of Sun Moon Lake, China Airlines’ “Cycling Through Paradise” float showcases Taiwan’s rich tropical ecology.

In addition, the float celebrates the indigenous culture of Taiwan, featuring aboriginal music and float ambassadors dressed in aboriginal clothing.

This year, China Airlines partnered with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Bureau on its parade float to promote Taiwan’s image in the international community.

In support of the Tourism Bureau’s “Time for Taiwan” theme, China Airlines extends a warm welcome to people around the world to visit Taiwan to experience all that Taiwan has to offer.

 

02.01.13 | United Airlines launches first International Dreamliner Service – Boeing 787 Debuts on Los Angeles-Tokyo route

United 787 Dreamliner Exterior 2 medium 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013United Airlines will introduce daily nonstop 787 Dreamliner service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport beginning Thursday, Jan. 3.

The service – previously operated with a 777 aircraft – is the first regularly-scheduled international route operated using United’s 787 Dreamliner.

United 787 Dreamliner Interior 4 medium 300x199 Press Releases   Jan 2013“We are delighted to offer our customers in Los Angeles and Tokyo the comfort and spectacular flying experience of our new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft,” said Jim Mueller, United’s vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales.

“We look forward to offering our customers the opportunity to experience the Dreamliner on additional international flights in the future.”

The flight, UA32, will depart Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m., arriving in Tokyo Narita at 4:10 p.m. the next day. The return flight, UA33, will depart Tokyo Narita daily at 5:55 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. the same day.

United’s 787 Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United Business First, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy.

The aircraft will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.

Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.

 

02.01.13 | First Emirates A380 Flight Departs from New Concourse A – Emirates world’s largest A380 fleet to call new facility home

EK003 at Concourse A 150x150 Press Releases   Jan 2013Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, achieved another first with the inaugural departure today of an A380 flight from the new and world’s only dedicated and purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport.

Part of the airport’s Terminal 3 complex, Concourse A will become the “home of the Emirates A380 “, from where passengers will connect to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations around the world, including A380 flights to Europe on Australian airline, Qantas, in terms of the global partnership announced recently which is pending the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The departure of flight EK003 at 14h30 to London Heathrow marked the start of flights from four gates which opened at Concourse A.

This also forms part of on-going operational trials and testing to ensure a smooth and seamless passenger experience before it officially opens and becomes fully operational during the first quarter this year.

Home of the Emirates A380 300x160 Press Releases   Jan 2013More than 500 passengers across First Class, Business Class and Economy Class became the first travellers to experience boarding through the unique double decker air contact bridges connected to the aircraft, one of the key features of the facility.

“This is an historic and momentous occasion, marking another world first from Emirates. The new A380 hub is another example of Emirates being a leader in providing innovative products and services that give customers an unsurpassed travel experience,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group and Chairman of Dubai Airports.

“We are confident that our customers will find the new concourse to be a remarkable world class facility befitting of our flagship Emirates A380 aircraft.”

“I would also like to congratulate Dubai Airports on achieving this major milestone in the development of Concourse A.”

With 528,000 m2 spread across eleven floors and the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year, the concourse offers Emirates customers a seamless and unrivalled experience in terms of comfort, convenience and choice of facilities.

From direct lounge boarding for First Class and Business Class customers to an expansive duty free shopping area, food courts, cafes and fine dining options, a Timeless Spa and the largest First Class and Business Class lounges in the world.

The concourse also offers a dedicated hotel floor with both a four and five star offering. Passengers are transported between Terminal 3 and Concourse A by underground trains and shuttle busses from where they can depart through 20 gates when the facility becomes fully operational.

 

02.01.13 | ARINC appoints Michael DiGeorge to lead Asia Pacific

ARINC Incorporated announced on January 2nd the appointment of Michael DiGeorge as Managing Director of the company’s Asia Pacific Division based in Singapore. Mr. DiGeorge was formerly Senior Director for E-enabled Programs based in ARINC’s Hong Kong office.

“Mike DiGeorge brings more than 25 years of experience in the aviation, aerospace and defense industries holding various executive management positions,” said Randy Pizzi, Vice President of ARINC’s International Division. “In addition, Mike’s extensive international experience will help lead our continued growth plans for Asia Pacific and strengthen our customers and business partners relationships in the region.”

In his new position, Mr. DiGeorge will focus on growing ARINC’s business and solution infrastructure in Asia Pacific, and enhance customer service and support throughout its multiple business lines including aviation communications, networking, airport operations and security.

“Asia Pacific is a very strategic market for ARINC,” said Mr. DiGeorge. “We will continue to focus on our customers and business partners whilst investing in resources to expand into new markets and develop innovative solutions for the industry.”

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